49ers 'more optimistic' about signing Donte Whitner to contract extension, per Matt Barrows

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers might be "more optimistic" about signing Donte Whitner to a contract extension.

Earlier today, we learned from Jason Hurley that the San Francisco 49ers had worked out a salary reduction with Craig Dahl. While Dahl was not overly impressive when he was playing some limited snaps at safety, he remains the primary backup. It sounds like there is some optimism that Donte Whitner might return in 2014.

Prior to today, there was no chatter or leaks from the 49ers about Donte Whitner's future. Now, we have our first little bit of information. Matt Barrows is reporting sources at the NFL Combine indicated the 49ers are, "now more optimistic they can re-sign Whitner."

It would seem some of this optimism is due to the recent projections of a higher salary cap than expected. Initially, reports projected a cap between $126.3 million and $128 million. Last week, Adam Schefter reported it was projected at $130 million. Over the weekend, John Clayton reported it could grow to $132 million this season.

I would be down with the 49ers extending Whitner, but an increased cap across the board does also mean players might look to make more with their various contracts. On the one hand it would be nice to think this extra cap space gives the 49ers a chance to extend more of their own players. However, we can't forget that negotiations are a two-way street. It will be interesting to see what this projected higher cap actually does to contract negotiations.

On a separate contract note, Tim Kawakami had this as well:

Hopefully this gets wrapped up this week, and removes any potential headache heading into the start of free agency in two weeks.

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