Earlier this week, we took a look at the news that the San Francisco 49ers are well ahead of the NFL's 89 percent minimum spending requirement. The numbers are still estimations, but the NFLPA has the 49ers at approximately 104 percent cash spent over the first two years of the four-year period.
A day later, former Washington cap analyst Jimmy Halsell had some updated information. Halsell was able to take a look what teams still had to do to meet the 89 percent requirement by the end of the 2016 league year. The collective bargaining agreement includes two four-year periods (2013-2016, 2017-2020). In each period teams must surpass 89 percent cash spending on the cap. I explained cash spending vs. cap spending last year.
Approx total cash to be spent over the next two seasons (2015 & 2016) for clubs to be compliant w 89% spending rule. pic.twitter.com/bQZm8nRGGt— Jimmy /J.I./ Halsell (@SalaryCap101) February 26, 2015
Updated: UNCOMMITTED total $ needed to be spent over 2015 & 2016 for each club to comply with 89% cash spending. pic.twitter.com/SWxX3tOm4h— Jimmy /J.I./ Halsell (@SalaryCap101) February 27, 2015
The first table indicates the 49ers need to spend $223,982,310 over the next two seasons to be compliant with the 89 percent rule. The second table indicates the team has committed all but $7,283,654 of that money. As I understand it (I'm still waiting to hear back from Halsell for clarification), that means the 49ers have contracts for 2015 and 2016 totaling an estimated $216,698,656. I believe that includes both guaranteed and non-guaranteed money. Halsell would have added up all the base salaries and various roster, option and workout bonuses due the next two years. The 49ers could very well decide to release some of these players, or re-negotiate contracts, but as of now, that is what the team would spend if every contract played out the next two years.