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The San Francisco 49ers let Frank Gore walk in free agency, which means they have dropped in cap spending at running back. Two of their four primary running backs are only signed to one-year contracts. What will this mean a year from now? Previous positions: QB

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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
Reggie Bush $2,406,250 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,406,250 N/A N/A
Carlos Hyde $836,745 $1,285,537 $786,745 $50,000 $498,792 $505,302
Kendall Hunter $735,000 $150,000 $150,000 $585,000 N/A N/A
Mike Davis $552,195 $468,780 $117,195 $435,000 $351,585 $290,610
Jarryd Hayne $437,666 $115,100 $109,766 $327,900 $5,332 $522,334
Kendall Gaskins $435,000 $0 $0 $435,000 $0 $525,000
Bruce Miller $1,746,500 $2,158,500 $1,265,500 $481,000 $893,000 $1,003,500
Trey Millard $446,787 $35,361 $11,787 $435,000 $23,574 $588,213

One and done?

The San Francisco 49ers signed Reggie Bush to a one-year deal this offseason, and signed Kendall Hunter to a one-year extension last year while he was rehabbing his torn ACL. Carlos Hyde and Mike Davis are on rookie contracts and not going anywhere for a while, but the futures of Bush and Hunter are up in the air. We have no idea what either will contribute this year, and what it will mean next offseason.

Carlos Hyde would seem just about set to be the long-term number one option. If the team looks at Mike Davis as a potential 1a, it will be interesting to see who else is around to complement those two a year from now. Bush is nearing the end of his career, while Hunter is just trying to prove he can stay healthy and get productive before hitting free agency. My guess is the 49ers let both hit free agency, and figure things out from there, with Hyde and Davis viewed as the primary options.

League spending

The 49ers are securely in the middle of the pack, ranking No. 17 for total cap money spent on the running back position in 2015. A year ago, they ranked ninth. This year, the Minnesota Vikings top the league running back spending in 2015 with $18,528,750 devoted to the position. Adrian Peterson's contract is the biggest issue there. The Carolina Panthers are second at $14,812,063. They are paying a decent amount of money to Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, but they are also dealing with $4,333,333 due to parting ways with DeAngelo Williams. The Tennessee Titans once again bring up there, with only $1,879,939 dedicate to the position.