The niners are finalizing the roster this week. We currently have over 7M in cap space, but there is a provision that allows teams to roll-over unused cap space to the next year. They have to fill out a form, and not every team has done this, but we are assuming the FO plans on using this cap space in 2014.
As we finalize the roster, is there anyone else you see as a potential cap casualty? Here are the top cap savings we could get if we let these players go. The gross savings does not account for the cost of the replacement player. This means that the guys on the bottom of the list will not save us much. There also might be a couple of nuances in the contracts that don't show up here, but this is close enough for our purposes. If you see an error, please call it out and I will update the numbers.
I've identified the backups that are known for their special teams play as "ST Ace." Expect us to keep at least 4 of these players. We also need to identify the second gunner to play with CJ Spillman. I'm not sure who they have planned for that role.
Anyway, the targets:
|Player||Position||Role||Gross Savings If Cut|
|Gore, Frank||RB||Starter||$6,050,000||Don't even think about it!|
|Boldin, Anquan||WR||Starter||$6,000,000||Don't even think about it!|
|Whitner, Donte||SS||Starter||$3,850,000||Reid's security blanket.|
|Rogers, Carlos||CB||Starter||$2,760,938||Carlos, 6+ INTs this year or we need to talk.|
|Staley, Joe||LT||Starter||$2,600,000||Don't even think about it!|
|Davis, Vernon||TE||Starter||$2,336,168||Don't even think about it!|
|Manningham, Mario||WR||PUP||$1,800,000||What if our new receiving group is tearing it up by week 6? Do we still need this guy?|
|Asomugha, Nnamdi||CB||3rd CB||$1,750,000|
|Baldwin, Jon||WR||Backup||$1,061,510||Jon, show us something before Mario is ready to come back.|
|Skuta, Dan||OLB/ILB||ST Ace||$1,000,000|
|Osgood, Kassim||WR||ST Ace||$940,000||Kassim, you need to beat out Ventrone and hope other positions don't need to carry an extra player.|
|Spillman, C.J.||FS/SS||ST Ace||$916,667|
|Ventrone, Raymond||FS||ST Ace||$880,000||Who are you again?|
|Wallace, Seneca||QB||Backup||$840,000||Seneca, stay put for a sec while we keep shopping Colt.|
|Jennings, Brian||LS||Starter||$719,000||Say it ain't so, but it maybe good-bye.|
|Collie, Austin||WR||Backup||$715,000||Bubble (if we carry a 6th WR it will probably be a special teams guy).|
|Hawkins, Lavelle||WR||Backup||$715,000||Lavelle, we are going to need another TD this week, and no penalties. Can you do that?|
|Dahl, Craig||FS/SS||ST Ace||$683,334|
|Dixon, Anthony||RB||ST Ace||$630,000|
|Williams, Kyle||WR||3rd Receiver||$630,000||Remember how we said we didn't need you to return punts? We might have changed our minds.|
Remember, the savings listed are gross numbers. For example, if Anthony Dixon was let go and replaced by a rookie making 405k, then the net savings would be 630k - 405k = 225k. Still good, but not nearly as big as the gross number implies. I cut the list off at 630k gross.
OK nation, thoughts?