Rogers off 49ers books, opens room for Kap extension

Rogers off 49ers books, opens room for Kap extension
June 2, 2014, 7:15 am
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49ers hope to accomplish a long-term extension with Colin Kaepernick before the start of training camp in late-July. (USATSI)

Finally, the 49ers have some breathing room under the $133 million salary cap.

Last week, the 49ers completed the signings of their entire 12-player draft class. And on Monday, they realized the cap savings from a move made on March 11 when the club parted ways with cornerback Carlos Rogers.

The move was designed a post-June 1 release, which meant that Rogers’ scheduled $6.6 pay in salary and bonuses from the 49ers would not be wiped off the books until now.

Rogers, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Raiders after his release from the 49ers, will also count $1.494 million against the 49ers’ 2015 cap. That figure consists of the remaining proration on his original $5 million signing bonus from March 2011 and a later restructure in which he received a $900,000 signing bonus.

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The 49ers have an estimated $8.165 million in cap room. Only the top-51 paid players on a team’s offseason roster count against the cap until the final cuts. Only three 49ers draft picks count against the top-51. Center Marcus Martin’s $587,813 cap figure is No. 51.

The 49ers have enough room to seek a long-term extension with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, which general manager Trent Baalke said this offseason was a goal to have accomplished before the start of training camp in late-July. There is no report of significant movement toward a new deal.

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Clubs typically like to carry at least $5 million in cap room into the regular season to absorb the cap hits from inevitability of signing new players to replace those on injured reserve.

The 49ers can create more cap room with the release of some backup veteran players as well as restructured deals with some of their established players. The 49ers gained $2.6 million in cap relief with a restructure of NaVorro Bowman's contract two weeks ago.