Wide receiver Chuck Jacobs, whose season ended in the exhibition opener with a knee injury, became the third 49ers player to be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.
Jacobs, running back Kendall Hunter and rookie guard Fou Fonoti each had to pass through waivers, per NFL rules before the final cuts, in order for the 49ers to open space on their 90-man roster. Like the others, Jacobs was not claimed.
Teams are not allowed to release injured players without compensation through the duration of their injuries. Jacobs, Hunter and Fonoti each sustained knee injuries that will keep them sidelined for the entire season.
Hunter will earn his full salary of $645,000 for the season. Jacobs and Fonoti have split contracts. They would have earned $420,000 apiece had they made the 49ers’ 53-man roster. Because they will spend the season on IR, they will collect the split contract salary of $303,000 apiece.
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Through the final cuts, only the top 51 players on each team count against the salary cap. The 49ers are currently $9.99 million under the cap.
After Aug. 30, every player under contract (including injured reserve, non-football injury, physically unable to perform, and practice squad) counts against the cap.
Jacobs, Hunter and Fonoti will combine to account for $1.25 million of the 49ers' salary-cap space.