49ers, Raiders near league bottom in free cap space

49ers, Raiders near league bottom in free cap space
July 16, 2012, 9:36 pm
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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