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49ers salary cap: Glenn Dorsey gives defensive line its money's worth

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The San Francisco 49ers are transitioning along the defensive line. They have invested a decent amount in Darnell Dockett, but will be getting their money's worth from Glenn Dorsey. Previous positions: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL

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The San Francisco 49ers are a little over three weeks away from the start of training camp. We just wrapped up a look at the 49ers bubble watch, position-by-position. Now, I thought we would take a look at the salary cap information for each position. Jason Hurley put together the tables with cap information for each position, and I have added some thoughts as well.

Before we get into the details, a brief explanation of the table. The first number is the player's cap number for 2015. The second is remaining fully guaranteed money on their deal. The third and fourth are dead money and cap savings this year if a player is released before the end of the season. The final two columns are for players released next offseason, but not as a June 1 cut.

I will also occasionally reference positional spending since that can sometimes provide a little bit of context for a given position. I am getting that information from the positional spending page at Over The Cap. This references the amount of cap space devoted to a given position. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.

Player 2015 Cap Number Gtd Money 2015 Dead $$ 2015 Cap Savings 2016 Dead $ (Pre-6/1) 2016 Cap Savings (Pre-6/1)
Darnell Dockett $3,750,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $1,750,000 $0 $3,500,000
Arik Armstaed $1,789,569 $9,843,628 $5,841,921 ($4,052,352) $8,116,059 ($5,879,098)
Tank Carradine $1,349,367 $989,156 $494,578 $854,789 $494,578 $1,079,684
Quinton Dial $630,413 $90,826 $45,413 $585,000 $45,413 $675,000
Tony Jerod-Eddie $585,000 $0 $0 $585,000 N/A N/A
Kaleb Ramsey $522,050 $36,150 $12,050 $510,000 $24,100 $587,950
Lawrence Okoye $442,202 $68,405 $45,413 $585,000 $9,203 $525,000
Glenn Dorsey $2,341,666 $1,383,334 $691,666 $1,650,000 $691,668 $2,150,000
Ian Williams $1,495,834 $333,334 $333,334 $1,162,500 N/A N/A
Michael Purcell $435,000 $0 $0 $435,000 $0 $525,000
Garrison Smith $435,000 $0 $0 $435,000 $0 $525,000

The San Francisco 49ers have seen their two defensive line mainstays depart over the last eight months, but the team still has a similar amount of cap space devoted to the position. A year ago, the 49ers spent $16,003,440 in cap space on the defensive line. This year, they have $13,776,101 dedicated to the position. The 49ers cleared out much of Justin Smith's salary with his retirement, but Darnell Dockett brings in a $3.75 million cap hit this year. They also have first round cap money in Arik Armstead.

The best contract on the books might be Glenn Dorsey. The 49ers signed him to an extension last year shortly after he tore his biceps muscle. He earned $2.3 million in 2014, with a cap hit of $4.48 million. He signed an extension that pays him $1.5 million in 2015 (cap hit of $2.34 million) and $1.8 million in 2016 (cap hit of $2.84 million). He was the team's starting nose tackle for most of 2013, and is expected to be a starting defensive end now that Justin Smith and Ray McDonald are gone. The 49ers have made some shrewd free agent signings under Trent Baalke, and Dorsey is pretty high on the list.

League spending

The 49ers rank 27th in the NFL in defensive line spending. The only teams behind them are the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens. The St. Louis Rams are at the top of the list, spending $48.5 million in cap space on their line. Their top two paid players are defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long, who combine for a cap hit of $29.2 million.