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49ers salary cap: Phil Dawson is last big special teams cap figure

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The San Francisco 49ers cut big money with the decision to replace punter Andy Lee. We break down the cap figures for the remaining members of the unit. Previous positions: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | OLB | ILB | CB | S

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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.

Player 2015 Cap Number Gtd Money 2015 Dead $$ 2015 Cap Savings 2016 Dead $ (Pre-6/1) 2016 Cap Savings (Pre-6/1)
Phil Dawson $4,134,000 $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $2,634,000 N/A N/A
Corey Acosta $435,000 $0 $0 $435,000 $0 $525,000
Bradley Pinion $483,550 $104,200 $48,550 $435,000 $145,650 $427,900
Kyle Nelson $810,000 $600,000 $150,000 $660,000 $450,000 $520,000

The 49ers cleared some sizable cap space with the decision to draft Bradley Pinion and trade Andy Lee. That leaves the 49ers with 2/3 of their specialists on rookie contracts. The big remaining question is Phil Dawson. His $4,134,000 cap hit is the ninth biggest on the 49ers roster, and he is due to hit free agency once again after this season. He will be the 49ers kicker in 2015, but I highly doubt he is on the roster in 2016. He remains a very capable kicker, but his price tag is reaching a point that is just too high.

It is hard to project all the special teams players on the 49ers roster, so I thought I would add the salary cap information for the players we can either expect on special teams units, or who will be competing primarily for a role on special teams. Many of these players will not make the roster, and I might have missed some, but this is ordered by 2015 cap number.

Player 2015 Cap Number Gtd Money 2015 Dead $$ 2015 Cap Savings 2016 Dead $ (Pre-6/1) 2016 Cap Savings (Pre-6/1)
Craig Dahl $1,533,334 $883,334 $883,334 $650,000 N/A N/A
Nick Bellore $1,170,000 $30,000 $15,000 $114,000 $15,000 $1,115,000
Jaquiski Tartt $915,821 $2,972,239 $1,529,775 ($613,955) $2,056,418 ($911,642)
Corey Lemonier $730,880 $271,760 $135,880 $595,000 $135,880 $685,000
Quinton Patton $682,875 $195,750 $97,875 $585,000 $97,875 $675,000
Bruce Ellington $628,607 $355,821 $118,607 $510,000 $237,214 $600,000
Nick Moody $611,918 $53,836 $26,918 $585,000 $26,918 $675,000
Elli Harold $609,343 $697,372 $174,343 $435,000 $523,029 $206,314
Leon McFadden $585,000 $0 $0 $585,000 N/A N/A
Desmond Bishop $585,000 $0 $0 $585,000 N/A N/A
Blake Bell $561,283 $505,132 $126,283 $435,000 $378,849 $272,434
DeAndre Smelter $521,422 $345,688 $86,422 $435,000 $259,266 $352,156
L.J. McCray $512,000 $4,000 $2,000 $510,000 $2,000 $600,000
Marcus Cromartie $510,000 $0 $0 $510,000 N/A N/A
Asante Cleveland $510,000 $0 $0 $510,000 $0 $600,000
Keith Reaser $476,200 $123,600 $41,200 $435,000 $82,400 $558,800
DeAndrew White $473,333 $32,000 $27,333 $410,000 $4,667 $522,666
Kenneth Acker $465,150 $90,450 $30,150 $435,000 $60,300 $569,850
Busta Anderson $448,196 $52,784 $13,196 $435,000 $39,588 $498,608
Trey Millard $446,787 $35,361 $11,787 $435,000 $23,574 $588,213
Marcus Rush $438,333 $5,000 $1,666 $435,000 $6,667 $521,666
Isaac Blakeney $438,333 $17,500 $10,833 $427,500 $6,667 $521,666
Jarryd Hayne $437,666 $115,100 $109,766 $327,900 $5,332 $522,334
Jermaine Whithead $437,500 $15,000 $10,000 $427,500 $5,000 $522,500
Dres Anderson $437,000 $50,000 $46,000 $391,000 $4,000 $523,000
Mylan Hicks $435,999 $0 $0 $435,000 $0 $525,000
DiAndre Campbell $435,833 $2,500 $833 $435,000 $1,667 $524,166
Shayne Skov $435,000 $0 $0 $435,000 $0 $525,000
Xavier Gamble $435,000 $0 $0 $435,000 $0 $525,000
Chuck Jacobs $435,000 $0 $0 $435,000 N/A N/A
Mario Hull $435,000 $0 $0 $435,000 $0 $525,000