49ers, Raiders near league bottom in free cap space


49ers, Raiders near league bottom in free cap space

Both the 49ers and Raiders rank near the bottom of the league in available cap space, according to ProFootballTalk's recent calculations.

The Raiders rank second-to-last in the league with just 1.34 million in available space, and this number does not reflect the four-year, 26.6 million deal Tyvon Branch signed on Saturday. The details are not yet available, but that comes out to an average of 6.65 million per year. However, the contract likely contains a heafty singing bonus and is backloaded (as is the case with most NFL contracts), meaning most of the base salary is slated to be paid in the later years of the contract. Obviously, Branch cannot possibly be due more than 1.34 million this season.

The 49ers rank at No. 23, with 3.39 million in free space.

Each team is last in their division in terms of cap space, although the Rams are just one slot better than the 49ers with 3.60 million available.

NFC West AFC West
Seahawks: 8.47 million Chiefs: 16.54 million
Cardinals: 4.55 million Broncos: 11.71 million
Rams: 3.60 million Chargers: 2.86 million
49ers: 3.39 million Raiders: 1.34 million

49ers and Raiders' biggest contracts in 2012:

San Francisco Oakland
Justin Smith: 5.875 million Tommy Kelly: 6 million
Vernon Davis: 5.75 million Darren McFadden: 5.65 million
Alex Smith: 4 million Darrius Heyward-Bey: 5.23 million
Donte Whitner: 3.92 million Shane Lenchler: 3.8 million
Carlos Rodgers: 3.9 million Ronald Bartell: 3 million
Isaac Sopoaga: 3.8 million
Michael Crabtree: 3.5 million Other notables
LaMichael James: 3.32 million Sebastian Janikowski: 1.7 million
3.8 million in 2013
Other notables Roland McClain: 970 thousand
Frank Gore: 2 million base 4 million in '13, 5.8 million in '14
4 million in potential bonuses Richard Seymour: 925 thousand
Patrick Willis: 1.9 million in 2012 7.5 million in 2013-2016
2.4 million in 2013, 5.3 million in 2014, Carson Palmer: 825 thousand base
7 million in 2015, 7.9 million in 2016 11.675 million signing bonus
Joe Staley: 1.3 million in 2012 Michael Huff: 700 thousand base
1.6 million in 2013, 2.2 million in 2014, 7.3 million signing bonus
4 million in 2015, 4.9 million in 2016, Mike Brisiel: 700 thousand in 2012
5.75 million in 2017 4.35 million in 2013
Mario Manninghamn: 1.2 million base 3.85 million in 2014-2016
4 million in potential bonuses Aaron Curry: 615 thousand in 2012
3 million in 2013

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Quarterback
College: Iowa
Height: 6-2
Weight: 219
Selection: Third round, No. 104 overall

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers traded back into the end of the third round to select a quarterback to join Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley on the 49ers' roster.

General manager John Lynch's fourth trade of the draft netted the team the grandson of legendary NFL personnel man Bobby Beathard. His grandson, C.J., joins the 49ers after a four-year career at Iowa. Beathard completed 58.6 percent of his passes last season with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Beathard was not generally expected to be chosen within the first two days of the draft. He was the sixth quarterback selected, falling behind Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Deshone Kizer and Davis Webb.

"They won't regret it," Beathard said on a conference call with the Bay Area media.

The 49ers traded up with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings had the No. 104 pick, and called the 49ers to see if they were interested in a trade. After some consideration, the 49ers decided to move up from No. 109 while also giving the Vikings a seventh-round pick at No. 219.

"Might he have been there at 109? That’s what we had to weigh," 49ers John Lynch said. "But at the end of the day, we felt like it was worth it to be able to go to bed knowing that we had a player that we liked and want the opportunity develop at the quarterback position."

And that's what coach Kyle Shanahan plans on doing. He said Beathard is not coming to the team this season to compete with Hoyer for the starting job.

"We’re bringing him in here to develop him and give him a chance, but just like any other position, everyone competes," Shanahan said. "Brian is our starting quarterback and, right now, Matt Barkley is our second. And I look at him to come in and be our third with us only having three on the roster.

"By no means did we come into this draft thinking we’re going to get a guy to compete with Brian."

Shanahan said Beathard and Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman were the two quarterbacks in the draft who ran offenses in college most similar to the offense he will install with the 49ers.

"One thing that helps is being able to see guys play the way you’re going to ask them to play," Shanahan said. "It helps being at Iowa and watching the system he’s in. It’s easier to see to watch him over the years. He’s a three-year starter. He’s led his team to a bunch of wins, especially in 2015 when they had a better team and he played unbelievable."

As a junior at Iowa, Beathard completed 61.6 percent of his pass attempts for 2,809 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. 

"He’s a leader. He’s tough. He processes very well," Shanahan said. "He's extremely accurate and he lives and dies football."

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Cornerback
College: Colorado
Height: 6-2 3/4
Weight: 193
Selection: Third round, No. 66 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, a Sacramento native, in the third round of the NFL draft with the No. 66 overall pick.

“Being close to home is an incredible opportunity, as well as the type of defense they play -- press man, up in your face,” Witherspoon said. “When I came in for a visit, they were asking me if I’ve adopted that role and if I’d be willing to continue that. And I said, ‘Absolutely.’

“It’s an opportunity to play for such a great organization, close to home, with such a savvy defensive mentality. I think it’s going to be a great place for me.”

The 49ers were also scheduled to have the next pick, but traded the selection at No. 67 for the New Orleans Saints’ second-round pick in next year’s draft, as well as a seventh-round selection (No. 229 overall) this year. The 49ers now have 10 picks in next year’s draft.

The Saints used that pick at No. 67 to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

Witherspoon began his college career at Sacramento City. He played his final three college seasons at Colorado. He started 12 games last season and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Witherspoon led the nation with 22 pass breakups. He recorded one interception -- a game-saving pick in the end zone to preserve a 41-38 victory over Oregon. A pre-med student majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, he said he aspires to be a doctor after his football career.

But Witherspoon said he is committed to football and promised the 49ers during his visit to Santa Clara that he will make huge strides over the next few years as he continues to develop as a player.