Each year, we like to run a series of posts called "90-in-90." The idea is that we'll take a look at every player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few ways. This roster will certainly change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not exactly 90 players in 90 days. At this point, it's a name we're keeping around for street cred.
The 90-in-90 series intends to break down every single member of the San Francisco 49ers, no matter how slim their roster chances might be. Colton Schmidt is an example of a guy with virtually zero chance of making the roster. We reference the term "camp body" quite a bit, and Schmidt is the ultimate example.
The 49ers originally signed Schmidt on July 15, 2013, following his final year at UC Davis. He was released on August 2 when the 49ers signed Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins. He was re-signed on August 6 when the 49ers released Charly Martin. He was released again on on August 26, and was claimed by the Browns, who released him on August 30. He signed his current reserve/future contract with the 49ers on January 22.
That's quite the whirl-wind, although I'm not entirely sure what he was up to during the 2013 season. I can't find any references to what he was up to during the season itself, but for now he's back with the 49ers.
Expected 2014 impact:
The extent of his impact is two-fold. First, he'll provide some rest for Andy Lee. I believe Schmidt could conceivably handle kicking as well, but last year, Phil Dawson handled all the preseason kicks. And given that the 49ers are opening a new stadium, I'd imagine he'll most definitely want all the kicks he can get for the two home games.
The second impact is financially. Schmidt will be cut by the end of training camp. Given his reserve/future contract, he won't impact the salary cap. However, the 49ers will lay out a little cash for him. He will earn $925 per week in per diem, the team will cover him for room and board during camp, and they will likely reimburse him for travel to camp. He's originally from Bakersfield, so I'm guessing it would be gas money. That's not a lot of money, but it's something I suppose. They also provided him a prorated portion of his per diem for the minicamp, and additional daily payment for participation in the offseason workout program.
Odds of making the roster:
There is basically no chance Schmidt makes the roster as it is currently situated. Andy Lee is the punter, and Phil Dawson is the kicker. It will be at least mildly interesting to see how long Schmidt lives the camp leg life. It's a few easy bucks in July and August, and he gets to enjoy the football life. I might try and keep an eye out to see what he's up to once preseason ends, but otherwise, we could very well see this happen again next year.