Pro Football Talk just posted new salary cap information to start the regular season, and our San Francisco 49ers sit at the bottom of the list with $880,000 in room. Once the NFL regular season gets started, the salary cap calculations count the entire roster, practice squad and players on reserve lists. Prior to that the league looks at the Top 51 players.
We still have time to start thinking about transactions next offseason, but some of the pertinent names that will be up for a new contract include Isaac Sopoaga, Ricky Jean-Francois, Dashon Goldson, Delanie Walker, Randy Moss, Brandon Jacobs, Ted Ginn Jr., Tramaine Brock and Tavares Gooden. The 49ers front office has likely already begun the evaluation process to figure out who they will offer contracts to, who they will wait on to see what the market dictates, and who they will let walk without an offer.
It is also worth noting that guys like Parys Haralson could move on to the chopping block before next season. If the 49ers feel comfortable with Aldon Smith's transition at OLB, as well as their potential depth at the position, I have to think the team will part ways with Haralson. He is owed a $2.57 million base salary next year (per Rotoworld), and I just can't see the team keeping that around. At the very least, we would see a renegotiation if the veteran does want to stick around.