49ers have plenty of room under new salary cap

March 11, 2012, 7:15 pm
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The NFL has set the league-wide salary cap at 120.6 million per team, ProFootballTalk.com reported Sunday. It's a minimal increase from 2011, when the cap was 120.375 million.The 49ers are believed to be approximately 20 million under the cap with free agency scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Only the top 51 players count against the salary cap during the offseason.That estimate includes the recent franchise tender for safety Dashon Goldson (6.2 million), the original-round tender of restricted free agent Larry Grant (1.26 million) and the contract extensions of Ahmad Brooks (2.85 million) and C.J. Spillman (1.08 million).
The 49ers have plenty of cap room to re-sign quarterback Alex Smith and add wide receivers via free agency. The 49ers are reportedly scheduled on Monday to work out veteran Randy Moss, who did not play in 2011. Joshua Morgan and Ted Ginn are among the 49ers' scheduled free agents.In planning ahead, the 49ers felt they had enough space to restructure linebacker Patrick Willis' contract late last year to absorb a cap figure of more than 17 million on the 2012 cap. The move reduced his costs for future seasons.Here is a list of the 49ers who are scheduled to be allowed to negotiate with other teams as free agents, beginning Tuesday:
S Dashon Goldson (franchise player)
QB Alex Smith
CB Carlos Rogers
OL Adam Snyder
WR Joshua Morgan
WR Ted Ginn
LB Blake Costanzo
RG Chilo Rachal
S Reggie Smith
FB Moran Norris
LB Tavares Gooden
TE Justin Peelle
S Madieu Williams
LB Larry Grant (RFA, original round tender)
WR Brett Swain (RFA, not tendered)