49ers salary cap 2014: Breaking down the early dead money

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers have just under $2 million in dead money for the 2014 season. We break down the list of dead money hits.

In the next few weeks I will be doing a look at each positional group, salary cap-wise, for the 2014 season, with the help of David Fucillo. To get things started however, I wanted to take a quick look at 2014 dead money, and how it works. I will be listing each players dead money, and complete total as of today.

Dead money is the amount of guaranteed money left in the players deal that is prorated, or basically already earned. If done before June 1st, it all counts against that season's cap. If a player is given a June 1st designation, the money is split over two seasons. When it is split over two seasons, it is usually not an even amount each year. You can get one years worth in the first season, and then the rest in year two.

It is worth noting that a player can be on the roster and have dead money. At the end of training camp, the 49ers waived various players, and then signed some of them back to the practice squad. That means they are basically like two separate players.

As the cap currently stands, the 49ers have a total of $1,934,689 in dead money for the 2014 season. The dead money could end up taking a significant boost if the 49ers elect to release Carlos Rogers. Here is each player with dead money on the 49ers 2014 cap.

A.J. Jenkins - $1,746,374

The 49ers traded Jenkins after June 1, which means his remaining signing bonus was prorated over two years. His 2013 dead money hit was $873,187.So if you multiply that times two, you will get the $1,746,374 amount.

Trenton Robinson - $55,200

This comes from the signing bonus he received as a 2012 draft pick. His bonus was $110,400. He had a $27,600 dead money hit in 2013.

B.J. Daniels - $34,884

The amount is also as a post-June 1 cut, which saw his dead money 2013 as $11,628 for one year, and then this $34,884 covering the remaining three years on his deal. This is usually the case for a player who has more than two seasons left on his contract, as it doesn't prorate over two season evenly.

Carter Bykowski - $34,422
Marcus Cooper - $34,422

You may ask, why do they have the same? Well simple answer, they were both 7th round picks, and in the range where their rookie wage scale slot is the same for most 7th round picks. This is also the same reasoning for dead money proration as for Daniels. They both only had one seasons worth of dead money prior at $11,474.

Lowell Rose - $5,334
Darryl Morris - $5,334

Same question can be asked for this one too. But the answer is different, but also the same. They both signed as undrafted free agents, and received $8,000 signing bonuses. Each had a dead money hit of $2,666 for 2013.

Ricardo Lockette - $5,000

This is from a base salary guarantee from when he signed a reserve/futures contract back in February 2013.

MarQueis Gray - $2,667
Sherman Carter - $2,667

Both received a $4,000 signing bonus when they signed as undrafted free agents in April of 2013. They both had $1,333 in dead money for 2013.

D.J. Harper - $2,000
Patrick Omameh - $2,000
Michael Purcell - $2,000

This is also from their signing bonuses after they were signed as undrafted free agents. All three counted $1,000 against the cap in dead money in 2013, and received a $3,000 signing bonus.

Jewel Hampton - $1,668

This is from his signing bonus back in 2011, after he signed as an undrafted free agent. He also had $1,666 in dead money in 2013.

Chuck Jacobs - $667

This is again due to his signing bonus as an undrafted free agent. He had a $333 in dead money from his $1,000 signing bonus.

If you have any questions about the dead money process, let me know in the comments. As always, I track all of this information over at NinerCapHell.com.

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