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49ers salary cap: Shareece Wright with the biggest cap hit, which isn't much

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The San Francisco 49ers enter their second straight year fairly low in what they are paying their cornerbacks. They've got some potential bargains in the mix. Previous positions: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | OLB | ILB

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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)
Shareece Wright $3,200,000 $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $1,700,000 N/A N/A
Tramaine Brock $2,790,000 $4,100,000 $2,600,000 $190,000 $1,500,000 $2,400,000
Chris Cook $1,237,500 $650,000 $650,000 $587,500 N/A N/A
Dontae Johnson $610,136 $300,408 $100,136 $510,000 $200,272 $499,864
Leon McFadden $585,000 $0 $0 $585,000 N/A N/A
Marcus Cromartie $510,000 $0 $0 $510,000 N/A N/A
Keith Reaser $476,200 $123,600 $41,200 $435,000 $82,400 $558,800
Kenneth Acker $465,150 $90,450 $30,150 $435,000 $60,300 $569,850
Mylan Hicks $435,999 $0 $0 $435,000 $0 $525,000

The San Francisco 49ers have not been a team to spend a ton on their cornerbacks. Carlos Rogers got a sizable deal a few years back, but the last two years, the team has stuck with relatively low cost cornerbacks. Tramaine Brock got the most recent contract extension, but he does not even have the biggest cap figure. The team signed Shareece Wright to a one-year deal, and Trent Baalke has referenced Rogers in discussing Wright. His view is that the 49ers have maybe found a diamond in the rough.

Chris Cook is the other cap hit over $1 million, and he finds himself firmly on the roster bubble. He looked good in limited appearances last year before ending up on injured reserve. Cook and Wright are both 28, so if one or both have solid years, it will be interesting to see if the team is willing to extend them. The 49ers have numerous young cornerbacks to work into the mix, including Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker. Johnson had his ups and downs last year, but got critical experience. Reaser and Acker can potentially work their way in as well, and if one or both pans out this year, the 49ers depth heading into next year could be impressive.

Brock is signed through the 2017 season, on a contract that sees the cap hits max out at $4.3 million in his final year. They potentially view him as their No. 1 cornerback, and if he can build on his 2013 season (before 2014 was all but wiped out due to injury), he will be a bargain. They can clear sizable cap space if they elect to release him in August (automatically a "June 1" release), whereas a trade would not allow for cap space to be split over two years.

For our purposes (and those of Over The Cap), Jimmie Ward is listed under the safeties. If healthy he will be competing for the nickel back role. For clarification, here are his numbers:

Jimmie Ward $1,616,484 $4,429,450 $2,683,076 ($1,066,592) $2,812,968 ($873,187)

League spending

The 49ers rank No. 27 in the league in cornerback spending for 2015, with just over $10 million in cap spending. A year ago they ranked No. 25, following the offseason release of Carlos Rogers. Prior to that, they had ranked No. 13 in 2013. This year, the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys top the list of cornerback cap space. The Jets are using a combined $23 million in cap space on Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. They are also using a little over $3.4 million on their third cornerback, Dee Milliner. The Cowboys are using a little over $17 million in cap space for Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick.

The Atlanta Falcons bring up the rear, devoting $6,901,983 in cap space, with the New England Patriots right ahead of them at $6,966,619.