Johnson's contract does not impact 49ers' salary cap

Johnson's contract does not impact 49ers' salary cap
May 19, 2014, 9:45 am
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Josh Johnson will compete with Blaine Gabbert, McLeod-Bethel Thompson and Kory Faulkner for the 49ers' backup QB job. (USATI)

Quarterback Josh Johnson’s contract to rejoin the 49ers and compete for a roster spot contains no guaranteed money and has virtually no impact on the team’s salary cap.

Johnson last week signed a one-year, $730,000 contract, according to a source. Due to the minimum salary benefit, Johnson counts just $570,000 against the 49ers’ salary cap.

Because only the Top-51 players count against the salary cap in the offseason, Johnson’s deal is not high enough to lower the 49ers’ amount of available cap space.

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The 49ers have the second-least amount of cap space ($487,553) in the league, according to the NFL Players Association, behind the Pittsburgh Steelers ($293,437). The league average is $10.49 million under the cap.