Cap hell is history for 49ers


Cap hell is history for 49ers

Programming note: Stay logged on all week long as 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco files reportsfrom the NFL scouting combine in IndianapolisINDIANAPOLIS -- The organization that coined the term "salary cap hell" has not felt any heat for nearly a decade.And the 49ers again have plenty of cap space this offseason with three weeks before the start of the new league year and the league-wide open of free agency.
The 49ers have already taken the necessary steps to roll over 12.6 million in unused cap space from 2011 to this year's salary cap, a league source told 49ers have 103 million devoted to 2012 salaries, including 3.3 million that figures be cleared off the books when the 49ers part ways with cornerback Shawntae Spencer, whom the club has given permission to seek a trade.Last year, the salary cap was 120.375 million, so the 49ers figure to have well more than 30 million in available cap room to enact their offseason plan.The team has 19 free agents, including starters quarterback Alex Smith, guard Adam Snyder, receiver Joshua Morgan, outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, and defensive backs Carlos Rogers and Dashon Goldson.RELATED: Complete list of 49ers free agents
Obviously, the 49ers will not re-sign all of their free agents, but coach Jim Harbaugh said there is a priority on bringing back as many of the players as possible."Knowing who they are, it makes you want to compete for them," Harbaugh said. "They are 49ers. They play like 49ers. They play their hearts out. You want those guys on your side. I know I value them a lot because we have evidence of what kind of people they are and how they play."How the 49ers value those players -- more than the restraints of the salary cap -- will be the issue in shaping the 2012 team.The 49ers have not felt the pinch of the salary cap since the organization purged its roster of high-priced players such as Jeff Garcia, Terrell Owens, Garrison Hearst, Derrick Deese and Ron Stone after the 2003 season. There were few cap concerns over the next seven years under 49ers capologist and chief negotiator Paraag Marathe. But there were few victories, too. The 49ers averaged 5.6 victories over the next seven seasons before the pieces fell into place last season with a 13-3 record in Harbaugh's first season.
General manager Trent Baalke works with Marathe to assign dollar values to every potential free agent. Baalke recently signed a contract extension through the 2016 season. Baalke intimated the 49ers are closer to "salary cap heaven" these days."I think Paraag does an outstanding job of managing the cap and putting us in a good position," Baalke said. "We have a great working relationship. We work very closely together to take a look at all our options and be a team that is very consistent with how we go about our business. That starts with Paraag's unbelievable skills in understanding and managing the numbers."

Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performance

Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performance

MIAMI -- A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt.

Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the song. She said it was her way of protesting racial oppression.

"We're being unjustly killed and overly criminalized," Lawrence wrote early Saturday in a Facebook post. "I took the opportunity to sing and kneel to show that we belong in this country and that we have the right to respectfully protest injustices against us."

Miami Heat officials said they had no advance knowledge of Lawrence's plan to protest. Lawrence, a social worker, kept the shirt hidden until her performance.

"I didn't get paid to sing the national anthem nor was this moment about any sort of fame," Lawrence wrote. "Black Lives Matter is far larger than a hashtag, it's a rallying cry."

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand while it is played. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports - and many levels, from youth all the way to professional - have followed his lead in various ways.

Heat players and coaches stood side by side for the anthem before their game with Philadelphia, all with their arms linked as has been their custom during the preseason. The team plans to continue standing that way for the anthem this season as a show of unity.

"Throughout all of this, I think the most important thing that has come out is the very poignant, thoughtful dialogue," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We've had great dialogue within our walls here and hopefully this will lead to action."

The NBA has a rule calling for players and coaches to stand during the anthem.

"All I can say is what we've seen in multiple preseason games so far is our players standing for the national anthem," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday in New York. "It would be my hope that they would continue to stand for the national anthem. I think that is the appropriate thing to do."

Heat guard Wayne Ellington often speaks about the need to curb gun violence, after his father was shot and killed two years ago. He had his eyes closed for most of the anthem Friday, as per his own custom, though he was aware of Lawrence's actions.

"At the end of the day, to each his own," Ellington said. "If she feels like that's the way she wants to stand for it, then more power to her."

Making a statement in the manner that Lawrence did Friday is rare, but not unheard of in recent weeks.

When the Sacramento Kings played their first home preseason game earlier this month, anthem singer Leah Tysse dropped to one knee as she finished singing the song.

Tysse is white. Lawrence is black.

"I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans," Tysse wrote on Facebook. "I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability."

49ers promote RB to active roster ahead of game vs Bucs

49ers promote RB to active roster ahead of game vs Bucs

The 49ers on Saturday promoted running back DuJuan Harris to the active roster to be eligible to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium.

The team waived defensive lineman Taylor Hart to make room for Harris on the 53-man roster. Hart, originally a fifth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, was claimed by the 49ers off waivers on Sept. 5. He appeared in one game and recorded two tackles.

Running back Carlos Hyde has been ruled out of Sunday’s game due to a right shoulder injury. Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn have served as the 49ers’ backup running backs through the first six games of the season.

Harris (5 foot 7, 206 pounds) has bounced between the 49ers’ 53-man roster and practice squad this season. He has yet to appear in a game. Last season, he played in two games, rushing for 140 yards on 27 carries. He also caught nine passes for 97 yards.

Draughn and Davis are the 49ers’ fourth- and fifth-leading rushers this season behind Hyde and quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. Draughn has 55 yards rushing on 18 attempts, while Davis has 18 yards on 10 carries.