49ers 2014 offseason workout program means workout bonuses kicking in

Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

The San Francisco 49ers begin their offseason workout program April 21. We break down the players with bonuses pertinent to the program.

The San Francisco 49ers open up their 2014 offseason workout program this coming Monday, April 21. Players have already begun returning to Santa Clara, and most of the rest will arrive over the weekend. The 49ers will open the program with strength and conditioning, and rehab work the first couple weeks, before moving into individual work with position coaches. This builds toward OTAs at the end of May and beginning of June, and then a mandatory minicamp June 17-19.

It is likely that not all players will participate in the program. Some veterans elect to stay wherever their home is, and conduct workouts with their own private set-up. Previous center Jonathan Goodwin used to stay home in South Carolina during OTAs, arriving for the mandatory minicamp and then training camp. The upside to a veteran staying home from OTAs is that younger players get some opportunities in their place. It's not the same as real game snaps, but every little bit helps. Just ask Daniel Kilgore, who got center snaps in Goodwin's place last summer.

One of the notable aspects of the workout program is the financial impact. Many players have workout bonuses in their contracts, and those are usually tied to the program. There are other players with financial implications, but they are not as easy to track. One such example came last year in the form of Tarell Brown. The 49ers cornerback stayed home from much of the offseason workout program, and it turned around and cost him serious money in a salary de-escalation. We don't know how that applies this year, so we'll just wait and see.

For now, here is a rundown of players with bonuses, in order of highest to lowest, courtesy of Niner Cap Hell and Over The Cap. I don't really see anybody here who might skip out on the workout program at this point, but we'll see what he hear next in the coming days.

Player Bonus
Patrick Willis $500,000
Frank Gore $400,000
Glenn Dorsey $350,000
Joe Staley $200,000
Vernon Davis $200,000
Tramaine Brock $130,000
Colin Kaepernick $100,000
Antoine Bethea $100,000
Ray McDonald $100,000
Ahmad Brooks $100,000
Vance McDonald $50,000
LaMichael James $50,000
Brandon Lloyd $50,000
Tank Carradine $50,000
Craig Dahl $50,000
Dan Skuta $50,000
Alex Boone $50,000
Perrish Cox $40,000
C.J. Spillman $25,000
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