On the surface, the 49ers are comfortably under the NFL's salary cap. But the organization can use every dollar in cap savings it can muster when it comes to the final cuts.
The 49ers added two experienced special-teams players this week with very little impact on the salary cap.
Much has been made of the Raiders' so-called "salary cap hell" that has handcuffed the team in free agency and prompted the departures of numerous big-money veterans, and with good reason.
The NFL Players Association is expecting the smallest increase in the history of the league's salary cap, according to a report Saturday.