Earlier this week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the 2014 NFL salary cap was projected to rise to approximately $130 million. Apparently we could see an even bigger increase. John Clayton is now reporting the 2014 projection is set at $132 million.
If that is the case, the 49ers could be looking at just under $12 million in cap space. Jason Hurley projected the team at just under $10 million in cap space with the $130 million projection. There are projections as high as $13 million in cap space depending on whom you ask, but whatever the number, the 49ers are looking at more and more space.
We won't know the official number until closer to March 11, when the new league year starts. For now though, the projections are looking good. This kind of space only bodes well for the 49ers. Yes, it does mean more space for the rest of the league, but when it comes to the team retaining their own free agents, all I'm concerned about is how it impacts the 49ers. While a team like the Seahawks will be in a better situation to retain their own players, there's nothing the 49ers can really do about that. Instead, they just need to handle their own business, and go from there.
The 49ers are in the midst of various negotiations, with reports out that they've begun negotiating with QB Colin Kaepernick. While Kap is under contract for 2014, Anquan Boldin, Donte Whitner and Tarell Brown are all notable free agents this offseason. We've heard some rumors Boldin discussions are getting underway, but there hasn't been much in the way of news regarding Whitner and Brown. It's possible they will simply let both players hit the market, and if they can't find a deal to their liking, then maybe they return. However, with more cap space coming free, it seems more likely that players left to hit the market could find something if they can figure it out early.