This is no longer San Francisco 49ers related, but it is still interesting. ESPN's Bill Williamson is reporting the Oakland Raiders are kicking the tires on safety Craig Dahl. The team is thin at safety and brought Dahl in for a physical on Sunday.
Dahl did not sign a contract, and Williamson said, "the team is not signing him at this time." This brings up an interesting area of roster management. Dahl is a vested veteran, which means if he is on a team's 53-man roster for Week 1, his salary becomes fully guaranteed. By waiting until after Week 1, a team is no longer on the hook for the full salary. The Kassim Osgood weekly dance last year is an example of this.
The 49ers are currently on the hook for $450,000 in guaranteed money for Dahl. If he signs elsewhere this season, he cannot double-dip, and so that new contract would seem to offset the guaranteed money the 49ers owe him. And so, root for Dahl to land somewhere this fall. It does not have to be Week 1, but if he lands elsewhere, that $450,000 will be covered.