49ers salary cap breakdown: Cornerbacks

Tom Pennington

The 49ers face a big salary cap question at cornerback with Carlos Rogers. How they handle his situation could go a long way in determining their draft plans.

The NFL Combine wrapped up yesterday with defensive backs running through drills, and fittingly enough, we too are closing out our salary cap review/preview with defensive backs. Yesterday, we broke down the 2014 salary cap obligations at safety. Today, we close it out with cornerbacks.

As I mentioned before, 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.

The most notable name on this is of course Carlos Rogers. The 49ers could be looking at upwards of $12 million or $13 million in cap space, if not more. And that includes an $8 million cap hit from Carlos Rogers. The 49ers can save serious money if they elect to release him, but in the meantime, Matt Maiocco reporting they could ask Rogers to take a salary cut of possibly more than 50 percent.

Given the new money opening up, you have to wonder how Rogers will view the market if he were to get released. The 49ers asked him to take a pay cut last year. He refused, willing to roll the dice on his training camp performance. That combined with Chris Culliver's knee injury gave him all the leverage. This year, he faces a potentially deeper market. If Rogers declines a pay cut, the 49ers would seem to have the cap space to wait and see if they desperately need him again, like we saw after Culliver's injury last year. Or, does the team see the current crop of draft prospects, and figure they can cut bait quickly, if needed? If they quickly part ways with Rogers, I have to think it could foreshadow their draft plans.

2014

Player Cap Figure Base Salary Prorated SB Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Dead Money (pre-6/1) Dead Money (post-6/1) Cap Savings (pre-6/1) Cap Savings (post-6/1)
Carlos Rogers $8,094,531 $6,250,000 $1,494,531 $250,000 $100,000 $2,989,062 $1,494,531 $5,105,469 $6,600,000
Tramaine Brock $1,870,000 $800,000 $750,000 $320,000 $130,000 $3,000,000 $750,000 -$1,000,000 $1,250,000
Chris Culliver $1,538,719 $1,389,000 $149,719 $0 $0 $149,719 $149,719 $1,389,000 $1,389,000
Darryl Morris $495,000 $495,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $495,000 $495,000
Dax Swanson $420,000 $420,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $420,000 $420,000
TOTAL $12,418,250 $9,354,000 $2,394,250 $570,000 $230,000 $6,138,781 $2,394,250 $6,409,469 $10,154,000

2013

Player Cap Figure Base Salary Prorated SB Roster Bonus Workout Bonus
Carlos Rogers $7,344,531 $5,500,000 $1,494,531 $250,000 $100,000
Tarell Brown $2,132,314 $925,000 $707,314 $500,000 $0
Tramaine Brock $2,073,000 $1,323,000 $750,000 $0 $0
Chris Culliver $704,719 $555,000 $149,719 $0 $0
Eric Wright $458,530 $458,530 $0 $0 $0
Darryl Morris $405,000 $405,000 $0 $0 $0
Dax Swanson $36,000 $36,000 $0 $0 $0
TOTAL $13,154,094 $27,910,530 $7,890,064 $1,890,000 $560,000

One player not listed on either table is Perrish Cox. His contract ended up with $326,471 in dead money due to his release. He returned, but not until the playoffs. Cox and Eric Wright are two question marks as depth options. The coaching staff had no problem getting Cox into the lineup for the playoffs, ahead of Wright. Maybe it's one of the personnel battles Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke will engage in this offseason. Had to poke the bear on that one!

And of course, there is also Tarell Brown. He had to go through the drama of losing out on base salary money because of his absence from offseason workouts. The 49ers kicked him some money late in the season, and while that could have been a show of good faith for negotiations, it also could have just been to show future free agents that they will help them out to some extent. I suspect Brown will test the waters, but it's hard to tell what the market will be like for him. He's not a "shutdown corner", but he does a lot of things well. If he doesn't find the money he is hoping for, does he then maybe return to San Francisco on something closer to Tramaine Brock's deal? Or are the 49ers simply ready to move on and find their next best option in the draft?

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