49ers 2012 Salary Cap Situation: Just Enough Space

Early yesterday afternoon, the folks at Pro Football Talk put together a quick rundown of salary cap space for each team in the NFL. Jason La Canfora took it a step further last night as he broke down the space for each team, but also, previous year carryover, adjustments, adjusted cap, team cap, and team cash. That includes some details I don't fully comprehend, but here's the 49ers info:

Current contracts: 48
Previous year carryover: $16,500,000.00
Adjustments: $982,519.00
Adjusted cap: $138,082,519.00
Team cap: $132,780,988.00
*****CAP ROOM: $5,301,531.00*****
Team cash: $111,944,916.00

For those that are curious about the rest of the NFC West, the Seahawks top the charts with $18.9 million in cap space, the Rams sit at $4.3 million, and the Cardinals are at $2.1 million. I'm not quite sure how that'll work for the Cardinals who will need to pay their draft picks. The 49ers have $5.3 million in cap space and it is my understanding that a little over $4 million of that will be devoted to the first year of their various rookie deals under the rookie salary cap.

Given that $4 million and change, the 49ers are left with space for upwards of two or three veteran minimum contracts, if needed. I still think the team ends up adding a guard, with Leonard Davis being a distinct possibility sometime before training camp. I wouldn't be surprised to see him wait until June or July to sign. I'm not sure if that would help him with Danile Kilgore bearing down on the job, but that's how we often see rehabbing veterans play it. So, we'll wait and see. Otherwise, it's money available in case there are any untimely injuries before the season starts.

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