We're back for the second half of the offensive line in our San Francisco 49ers salary cap breakdown. The offensive tackle positions are relatively settled, albeit with some questions about the swing tackle. On the other hand, the interior guards and center raise several questions this offseason and beyond.
I added four more columns to the 2014 assessment. With the continued help of Niner Cap Hell, I've added dead money calculations for pre- and post-June 1 cuts. I've also added cap savings for pre- and post-June 1 cuts, as requested. I removed dead money for previous players as it is low enough that it just serves to muddy things up a little bit.
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The 49ers will likely part ways with center Jonathan Goodwin this offseason. He has said he could be interested in continuing his career, but he also recognizes how veterans in their 30s are often treated in the NFL. And really it's not different this time around. The 49ers need to find areas where they can save money while also getting younger. They have been developing Daniel Kilgore behind Goodwin, and even Joe Looney could be in the mix at center.
Kilgore is a free agent next year, and Looney the year after. Neither has started, but both will be in the mix for playing time in camp. The 49ers could let those two fight it out, or they could also draft a center and start developing him either behind or immediately of those two. However the 49ers do it, they'll save money.
Mike Iupati hits free agency next season, with Alex Boone a free agent the year after. On Friday, we discussed Iupati's contract and some possible parameters if the 49ers try and get him extended. However, with Boone coming up for free agency a year after Iupati, I am thinking more and more that the 49ers let him walk. They can't keep everybody, and my hunch is that Boone is the one who sticks.
The 49ers plans at offensive line will be fascinating to watch, particularly with Joe Looney. Although Looney has not been able to secure many opportunities, he did get the chance when Boone was swung out to left tackle. Looney showed some things that day, and now it's a question of whether or not he can build on that and secure a more prominent role. If he can show some things, maybe the 49ers sign him to a nice little extension like they did with Alex Boone before he moved into the starting lineup.
The 49ers cannot extend Looney until after next season, so there is still plenty of time to see what he can do. In an ideal world, I think Kilgore would show he can handle center duties, Looney would take over as the primary backup at guard and center, and one of Luke Marquardt or Carter Bykowski would become the swing tackle. That would mean Adam Snyder would potentially be sent packing. I suggest that as ideal because of the potential to clear out some cap space and getting younger at the same time. But Looney is a guy I'll be watching closely this year.