Cap not an issue in fitting Manning onto 49ers


Cap not an issue in fitting Manning onto 49ers

In October, the 49ers renegotiated linebacker Patrick Willis' contract in a move that saw his cap figure for 2012 jump about 10 million.The 49ers had a lot of cap space, so they figured they might as well take the hit of Willis' deal in a year in which they knew they could handle it.Now, the 49ers find themselves with the least amount of cap room of any of the three reported finalists for quarterback Peyton Manning's services. The starting point in contract talks is along the lines of what he signed with the Indianapolis Colts on July 31.Five years. Ninety-million dollars.REPORT: Harbaugh workout out manningThe 49ers have approximately 18 million in cap room. The Denver Broncos, long considered the front-runner to land Manning, have 43.9 million in space. The Tennessee Titans are 26.3 million under the cap.RELATED: Smith no longer controls own fate with 49ers
But still, cap space should not be an issue for the 49ers. Manning counted 16 million against the Colts' cap in the first year of his last deal. The 49ers can easily structure a deal that fits with a low 2012 base salary and bonuses that spread out the cap hit over the life of a five-year contract.So the 49ers should have no problem giving Manning the money he wants while leaving enough room for the team to cross off the rest of their offseason shopping list.

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.

WR Smelter gets second chance for first impression with 49ers

WR Smelter gets second chance for first impression with 49ers

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter is getting a second chance with the 49ers to show them, for the first time, what he can do.

Smelter, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, sat out his entire rookie season to rehab from a left ACL tear from his final season at Georgia Tech. And the 49ers never got much of a look at him in the offseason and training camp this year because of a right hamstring injury.

After being waived/injured in September, Smelter spent more than six weeks getting healthy and dropping weight from 227 pounds to 210. The 49ers signed Smelter this week to the practice squad to replace Dres Anderson.

“I tried to drop the weight down to make it easier on my body,” he said. “I feel a lot lighter on my feet. Just out there running around, everything is a little easier. I feel smoother out there. Everything feels a lot more effortless.”

Smelter did not work out for any other teams during his time as a free agent. He spent most of his time in the Bay Area getting healthy. He traveled to the Dallas area to work with David Robinson, a trainer who runs D-Rob Sports & Fitness Training with a clientele list that includes Adrian Peterson, Emmanuel Sanders and Reuben Randle.

What did he work on? “Everything,” Smelter said. “I’m new to the position. I’m still learning a lot.”

Smelter attended college on a baseball scholarship before transitioning to football. He played 25 games at Georgia Tech, which runs the triple-option offense. In his final college season, he caught 35 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns.