49ers Final Roster Cuts: What It Means, Salary Cap-Wise

Introduction: As people here know me as AB83Rules, I own ninercaphell.com, and work mostly on cap related items. Fooch has given me the opportunity to join the writing staff, and I am excited to begin.

Now that the final cuts have wrapped up, I would like to take a look at how the 49ers salary cap situation is for this season. First I would like to make a few comments on this years’ team and cap outlook.

There are 56 players under contract as this moment, the 53-man roster and three more on injured reserve. I would like to point out that before the final cuts were made the 49ers were around $14.5M under the $120.375M cap for 2011. After cuts have been made you will see that the 49ers are around $12M under the cap at the moment. The reason for the difference is due to the fact all teams must count every single player under contract against the cap now. That $12 million number will go down a bit after the team signs players to the practice squad. I won’t get into the specifics of how the practice squad works as Fooch did a great job explaining it here.

It is obvious that the way the teams 53 man roster is scheduled will not be that way the entire season. This could be due to injuries, cuts, and signings. In particular, I expect them to add a veteran QB after releasing Josh McCown.

What I find very interesting about the cuts was  releasing Konrad Reuland and Nate Lawrie, thus going with two tight ends. I wonder if they feel comfortable with Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker  and possibly Bruce Miller as a TE. It also seems as if the team has made an emphasis on the youth on the offensive line. While I don’t agree with releasing Tony Wragge, I can see the reasoning. They didn’t want to take a chance of losing rookie OL Mike Person on waivers. Lastly, the special teams unit is going to be a big part of this teams look. This is seen in the team's decision to keep two fullbacks and a sixth safety in Colin Jones, alongside C.J. Spillman.

In sum, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if they decide to use a little of the cap space on contract extensions. This is even more likely given that the team did not use any cap space on Frank Gore’s new 3-year deal.

Last thing to mention is 2012. I have added in each players' scheduled 2012 salary. From the current roster, there are 36 players under contract for 2012. You will see that the 49ers tentatively have over $46 million in cap space for 2012 based on a projected $130M salary cap. That’s just something to think about. The team has done a good job of maneuvering, and keeping the cap in great standing.

Below is an updated 2011 salaries chart as of 9/3/11.

# Player Pos 2011- Base Workout Roster/Opt Signing Signed 2012-
52 Patrick Willis ILB $7,184,333 $2,046,000 $0 $0 $5,138,333 2016 $6,254,000
21 Frank Gore RB $7,133,000 $2,900,000 $0 $2,000,000 $2,233,000 2014 $4,350,000
85 Vernon Davis TE $6,974,666 $4,708,000 $200,000 $400,000 $1,666,666 2015 $8,117,666
15 Michael Crabtree WR $5,734,000 $3,875,000 $0 $500,000 $1,359,000 2014 $4,000,000
94 Justin Smith DE $5,500,000 $5,000,000 $500,000 $0 $0 2013 $6,375,000
90 Isaac Sopoaga NT/DE $4,955,000 $3,800,000 $0 $0 $1,155,000 2012 $4,955,000
11 Alex Smith QB $4,900,000 $4,000,000 $900,000 $0 2011 UFA
22 Carlos Rogers CB $4,250,000 $2,125,000 $2,125,000 2011 UFA
36 Shawntae Spencer CB $3,200,000 $3,100,000 $100,000 $0 2012 $3,300,000
99 Aldon Smith OLB $2,615,273 $375,000 $2,240,273 2014 $3,269,091
55 Ahmad Brooks OLB $2,400,000 $1,200,000 $0 $0 $1,200,000 2011 UFA
76 Anthony Davis RT $2,354,166 $487,500 $0 $1,700,000 $166,666 2015/2014 $2,791,666
31 Donte Whitner SS $2,333,333 $1,500,000 $833,333 2013 $3,875,000
66 Jonathan Goodwin C $2,166,667 $1,000,000 $500,000 $666,667 2013 $3,816,667
74 Joe Staley LT $2,159,750 $1,150,000 $0 $0 $1,009,750 2017 $1,460,000
98 Parys Haralson OLB $2,150,000 $1,850,000 $0 $0 $300,000 2013 $2,750,000
81 Braylon Edwards WR $2,100,000 $1,000,000 $1,100,000 2011 UFA
68 Adam Snyder C/OG $2,100,000 $2,000,000 $0 $0 $100,000 2011 UFA
91 Ray McDonald DE $2,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 2015 $4,050,000
38 Dashon Goldson FS $2,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 2011 UFA
44 Moran Norris FB $1,927,500 $1,500,000 $0 $0 $427,500 2011 UFA
2 David Akers PK $1,916,667 $1,300,000 $50,000 $566,667 2013 $3,616,667
77 Mike Iupati LG $1,777,500 $450,000 $0 $1,087,500 $240,000 2014 $2,031,000
25 Tarell Brown CB $1,680,750 $800,000 $0 $0 $880,750 2013 $1,730,750
46 Delanie Walker TE $1,610,000 $750,000 $0 $0 $860,000 2012 $1,905,000
19 Ted Ginn Jr. WR $1,443,750 $1,393,750 $0 $50,000 $0 2011 UFA
4 Andy Lee P $1,276,667 $1,000,000 $0 $0 $276,667 2012 $1,376,667
86 Brian Jennings LS $1,131,000 $910,000 $0 $0 $221,000 2014 $1,146,000
62 Chilo Rachal OG $1,091,000 $644,000 $0 $0 $447,000 2011 UFA
20 Madieu Williams FS $1,000,000 $810,000 $190,000 $0 2011 UFA
7 Colin Kaepernick QB $931,691 $375,000 $556,691 2014 $2,737,849
30 Reggie Smith FS/SS $796,000 $600,000 $0 $0 $196,000 2011 UFA
51 Blake Costanzo ILB/ST $750,000 $700,000 $50,000 2011 UFA
84 Joshua Morgan WR $626,500 $600,000 $0 $0 $26,500 2011 UFA
53 NaVorro Bowman ILB $625,562 $450,000 $0 $0 $175,562 2013 $715,562
54 Larry Grant ILB $600,000 $600,000 2011 UFA
96 Antwan Applewhite OLB $600,000 $600,000 2011 UFA
95 Ricky Jean Francois NT $535,750 $525,000 $0 $0 $10,750 2012 $625,750
27 C.J. Spillman FS $525,000 $525,000 $0 $0 $0 2011 RFA
29 Chris Culliver CB $524,719 $375,000 $149,719 2014 $614,719
32 Kendall Hunter RB $484,805 $375,000 $109,805 2014 $574,805
24 Anthony Dixon RB $480,150 $450,000 $0 $0 $30,150 2013 $570,150
82 Nate Byham TE $476,550 $450,000 $0 $0 $26,550 2013 $566,550
10 Kyle Williams WR $469,850 $450,000 $0 $0 $19,850 2013 $559,850
75 Alex Boone OT $450,000 $450,000 $0 $0 $0 2011 ERFA
26 Tramaine Brock CB $450,000 $450,000 $0 $0 $0 2011 ERFA
57 Keaton Kristick ILB $450,000 $450,000 $0 $0 $0 2011 ERFA
67 Daniel Kilgore C $415,075 $375,000 $40,075 2014 $505,075
43 Colin Jones SS $399,724 $375,000 $24,724 2014 $489,724
49 Bruce Miller FB/OLB $390,613 $375,000 $15,613 2014 $480,613
78 Mike Person OG $386,475 $375,000 $11,475 2014 $476,475
41 Curtis Holcomb CB $386,475 $375,000 $11,475 2014 $476,475
63 Will Tukuafu DE $375,000 $375,000 $0 $0 $0 2011 ERFA
64 Ian Williams NT $375,000 $375,000 2013 $465,000
9 Dontavia Bogan WR $375,000 $375,000 2013 $465,000
78 DeMarcus Dobbs DE $375,000 $375,000 2013 $465,000
Active/IR/PUP/PS Total $102,319,961 TOTALS $81,958,771
Dead Money Total $5,745,650 DEAD $895,198
Total w/Dead Money $108,339,031 ALL $83,054,849
2011 Salary Cap $120,375,000 CAP $130,000,000
Potential Credits($1M x 3) $3,000,000 CAP SPACE $46,945,151
Vet Discount Workout $200,880
Other Workout $273,420
Cap Space Left $12,035,969
DEAD MONEY LIST 2011 AMOUNT 2012 AMOUNT
2011 UDFA Class $25,000 $50,000
Phillip Adams $14,462 $28,924
Kentwan Balmer $1,646,750
Mike Balogun $2,125
Tramine Brock $250
Jarrett Brown $1,600
Glen Coffee $414,122
Nate Clements $2,366,666
Nate Davis $75,150
Ronald Johnson $26,055 $78,165
Matt Kopa $3,000
Keaton Kristick $7,875
Nate Lawrie $50,000
Scott Long $2,300
Chris Maragos $2,500
Taylor Mays $377,000 $754,000
Josh McCown $50,000
Scott McKillop $48,063 $48,063
Jared Perry $2,600
Michael Robinson $480,000
Patrick Stoudamire $2,500
Curtis Taylor $14,970 $14,970
Cody Wallace $122,124
Tony Wragge $50,000
Total $5,745,650 $895,198
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