YSTL: Will 49ers extend Kaepernick before '14 season begins?
While Colin Kaepernick still has one year left on his rookie deal, Anquan Boldin is a free agent. (USATSI)
With the NFL salary cap set at $133 million for the 2014 season, the 49ers are almost exactly $15 million under the limit, according to NFLPA sources.
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The 49ers’ top 51 players – only the top 51 count against the cap until the final cuts before the start of the regular season – account for $120.175 million. And with the carryover credit of $2.175 million in cap space from last season, the 49ers have $118 million in salaries devoted to the upcoming season.
That figure includes the new deal that center Daniel Kilgore signed on Thursday that bumps his salary-cap figure fro $685,000 to $1.022 million for the 2014.
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin, safety Donte Whitner, cornerback Tarell Brown and kicker Phil Dawson are among the 49ers’ scheduled free agents. The 49ers hold sole negotiating rights with all of their free agents until March 8, when clubs are allowed to negotiate with free agents from other teams. The free-agent signing period begins March 11.
The team is also expected to create some cap room with cornerback Carlos Rogers’ contract. Rogers is scheduled to make $6.6 million in salary and bonuses. The 49ers are expected to ask him to accept a pay cut or he could be released.
General manager Trent Baalke said last week the 49ers do not need running back Frank Gore to play for less than his scheduled $6.45 million pay for this season.