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49ers waive Brandon Carswell

The San Francisco 49ers waived wide receiver Brandon Carswell. We break down what it means, and some of the salary information raised with his contract.

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday that they have released wide receiver Brandon Carswell. The move means the 49ers now have 73 players on their roster. I've posted the full roster below. I'll use the "strike through" function once we get into the summer and have a full roster with which to work. In the meantime, I'll simply remove player names.

The 49ers originally signed Carswell on June 12, 2013. He had entered the NFL the previous season as a UDFA with the Raiders. In his first practice with the 49ers, Carswell tore his ACL, and was placed on injured reserve on June 19. He spent the season on injured reserve.

There is no follow-up move at this point, although I suppose the 49ers could decide to replace him with Brandon Lloyd at some point. The 49ers have reportedly spoken with Lloyd, but there has been no indication if a deal is close, or if Lloyd will decide again that he does not want to return to the NFL.

The release of Carswell should not impact the 49ers offseason salary cap space. The offseason cap is based on the Top 51 contracts, and with a league minimum contract, Carswell is not in that group. This would have been his second straight league minimum season.

Last year, he was due to earn the league minimum, but received a split portion of that while on injured reserve. A split contract states that a player earns X amount if he makes the roster, but then a lesser amount if he is on injured reserve. Last season, Carswell was signed for $405,000, but ended up earning $288,000 with his split contract. That entire amount impacted the in-season cap, as the in-season cap covers all players on the roster. That includes the 53-man roster, the practice squad, and all injured reserve, PUP and NFI players.

Players currently on roster: 73
QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Blaine Gabbert
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson

RB Frank Gore
RB Kendall Hunter
RB LaMichael James
RB Jewel Hampton
RB Marcus Lattimore

FB Bruce Miller
FB Will Tukuafu
FB Alex Debniak

WR Michael Crabtree
WR Anquan Boldin
WR Quinton Patton
WR Jon Baldwin
WR Kassim Osgood
WR Chuck Jacobs
WR David Reed
WR DeMarco Sampson
WR Devon Wylie

TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
TE Garrett Celek
TE Derek Carrier

OT Joe Staley
OT Anthony Davis
OT Carter Bykowski
OT Jonathan Martin
OT Luke Marquardt

OG Alex Boone
OG Mike Iupati
OG Adam Snyder
OG Joe Looney
OG Al Netter
OG Ryan Seymour

C Daniel Kilgore

DL Justin Smith
DL Ray McDonald
DL Ian Williams
DL Glenn Dorsey
DL Tank Carradine
DL Quinton Dial
DL Demarcus Dobbs
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
DL Lawrence Okoye
DL Mike Purcell
DL Christian Tupou

ILB Patrick Willis
ILB NaVorro Bowman
ILB Michael Wilhoite
ILB Nick Moody
ILB Darius Fleming

OLB Aldon Smith
OLB Ahmad Brooks
OLB Corey Lemonier
OLB Dan Skuta

CB Tramaine Brock
CB Chris Culliver
CB Perrish Cox
CB Darryl Morris
CB Eric Wright
CB Chris Cook
CB Dax Swanson

S Eric Reid
S Antoine Bethea
S Craig Dahl
S C.J. Spillman
S Raymond Ventrone
S D.J. Campbell

K Phil Dawson

P Andy Lee
P Colton Schmidt

LS Kevin McDermott