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NFL 2016 salary cap set at $155.27 million, franchise/transition tags set

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We now know how much salary cap space the San Francisco 49ers have heading into the new league year.

The NFL and NFLPA have figured out the 2016 salary cap, and the number is set at $155.27 million. The NFLPA announced the number on Monday, and the NFL will follow up with their own press release today or tomorrow. With this number, following Garrett Celek's contract (details to come), the 49ers currently have $57,588,018 in space. That does not include Quinton Dial's contract.

This also means the numbers are sorted out for the franchise and transition tags. Tuesday is the deadline to place the tags on players, so obviously teams need to know what the specific numbers are going to be for 2016. The quarterback franchise tag is set at $19,953,000, while the quarterback transition tag is $17,696,000. It will be interesting to see if Washington is prepared to pay either of these amounts to Kirk Cousins in 2016.

There had been some speculation the salary cap would climb as high as $157 million. DeMaurice Smith pushed down expectations a little bit, saying it would be north of $154 million. It is in fact above that, and a sizable number. Here are the tender numbers for the franchise and transition tags.

2016 Franchise Tag

Cornerback

$13,952,000

Defensive End

$15,701,000

Defensive Tackle

$13,615,000

Linebacker

$14,129,000

Offensive Lineman

13,706,000

Punter/Kicker

$4,572,000

Quarterback

$19,953,000

Running Back

$11,789,000

Safety

$10,806,000

Tight End

$9,118,000

Wide Receiver

$14,599,000

2016 Transition Tag

Cornerback

$11,913,000

Defensive End

$12,734,000

Defensive Tackle

$10,875,000

Linebacker

$11,925,000

Offensive Lineman

$11,902,000

Punter/Kicker

$4,123,000

Quarterback

$17,696,000

Running Back

$9,647,000

Safety

$9,116,000

Tight End

$7,713,000

Wide Receiver

$12,268,000