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We're running down the salary cap figures, and notable contract details for each position group. Today, we look at the defensive line.

The 49ers are working their way through OTAs, and as we continue prepping for the upcoming season, it seemed a good time for another swing through the positions. This time around, we are looking at the salary cap figures for the players competing in each position group. The 49ers have a ton of cap space, so it should not play a huge role in deciding roster spots, but it is always interesting to consider.

We are started off with quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends ,and offensive line. Today, we move on to the defensive line. We've got a list of the pertinent numbers for each player, and anything key points associated with the given contract. The 49ers' defensive line is one of the deeper positions on the roster as the team makes its way through the offseason workout program.

Ian Williams

Year

Cap Hit

Base

Per Game RB

LTBE

2016

$4,000,000

$1,000,000

$2,000,000

$1,000,000

Williams was originally scheduled to sign a 5-year deal, worth between $5 million and $6 million a year. However, an ankle injury resulted in the 49ers and Williams putting together a revised one year deal, worth $4 million.

If Williams can stay healthy he should see all of the $4 million. Additionally, he has a $1 million NLTBE incentive for play time, which he could reach. But the reality is, Williams' status for Week 1 remains in doubt. If he does get playing fairly early in the season, I expect him to be extended before next March when he would become an unrestricted free agent.

DeForest Buckner

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

RB

2016

$3,307,453

$450,000

$2,857,453

$0

2017

$4,134,316

$540,000

$2,857,453

$736,863

2018

$4,961,179

$630,000

$2,857,453

$1,473,726

2019

$5,788,042

$720,000

$2,857,453

$2,210,589

The 49ers first 1st-round pick is expected to start from day 1, and be an impact player. He has the size and speed that will come in handy when getting through the offensive line, and getting to the QB.

Buckner will be eligible for a 5th-year team option, which would pay him top 10 money at the defensive end or defensive tackle position. Also note that Buckner signed a fully guaranteed 4-year deal, and that the roster bonuses will be due sometime in August of each year.

Glenn Dorsey

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

Per Game RB

WO Bonus

2016

$2,766,668

$1,800,000

$691,668

$125,000

$150,000

It’s unknown if Dorsey will be healthy when the season starts, due to his torn ACL. It's more likely he starts the seasons on the PUP list, with the possibility of coming off it later in the season. I don’t expect Dorsey to be brought back in 2017, as the 49ers have built nice depth at the defensive end and nose tackle spots.

Arik Armstead

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

2016

$2,236,961

$882,392

$1,345,569

2017

$2,684,353

$1,329,784

$1,345,569

2018

$3,131,745

$1,777,176

$1,345,569

Armstead should make a leap from year one, where he didn’t play nearly as much as the fans had hoped he would. That being said, he did make an impact with his pass rushing skills.

Armstead will be eligible for the 5th-year team option, and will pay in the 11th-32nd average at the defensive end or defensive tackle positions. Also note that like Buckner, Armstead’s four-year deal is fully guaranteed.

Quinton Dial

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

Per Game RB

WO Bonus

2016

$1,527,163

$675,000

$852,163

$0

$0

2017

$2,806,750

$1,500,000

$806,750

$400,000

$100,000

2018

$3,706,750

$2,400,000

$806,750

$400,000

$100,000

2019

$4,681,750

$3,375,000

$806,750

$400,000

$100,000

Dial just signed a three-year extension this offseason, and is expected to be one of the defensive ends, even the starting nose tackle, depending on Ian Williams' status. He will also get playing time when the team uses a 4-man front in their sub package.

Dial’s 2016 base salary is fully guaranteed. His 2017 base salary is guaranteed for injury right now for an amount of $1.4 million, and becomes fully guaranteed for that amount on April 1, 2017.

Tony Jerod-Eddie

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

Week 1 RB

Per Game RB

WO Bonus

2016

$1,000,000

$800,000

$25,000

$50,000

$100,000

$25,000

With the 49ers drafting Ronald Blair, it appears Jerod-Eddie’s job is not as secure as he might have thought it was. If the 49ers do move on from Jerod-Eddie, the team would only take a $50,000 dead money hit, from his signing and workout bonuses.

Mike Purcell

Year

Cap Hit

Base

2016

$525,000

$525,000

I expect Purcell to be the primary backup nose tackle in 2016. He could get some quality playing time, especially if Ian Williams can’t go.

Kaleb Ramsey

Year

Cap Hit

Base

2016

$525,000

$525,000

2017

$615,000

$615,000

Ramsey is one of two defensive lineman with the longest odds of making the team. The former 7th-round pick is fighting an uphill battle to say the least given the numerous additions on the line.

Ronald Blair

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

2016

$517,603

$450,000

$67,603

2017

$607,603

$540,000

$67,603

2018

$697,603

$630,000

$67,603

2019

$787,603

$720,000

$67,603

Blair was a stud pass rusher at Appalachian State, so I expect Blair to be among the 49ers rotation under new defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil. Blair will be eligible for the proven performance escalator in 2019.

Darren Lake

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

2016

$451,333

$450,000

$1,333

2017

$541,333

$540,000

$1,333

2018

$631,334

$630,000

$1,334

Lake signed as an undrafted free agent, receiving a $4,000 signing bonus and a guarantee of $3,000 of his 2016 base salary. I expect him to compete, and he might shock people and make the 2016 roster as a backup nose tackle.

Demetrius Cherry

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

2016

$450,833

$450,000

$833

2017

$540,833

$540,000

$833

2018

$630,834

$630,000

$834

Cherry is a longshot for the 53-man roster, and is likely destined for the 10-man practice squad.

Garrison Smith

Year

Cap Hit

Base

2016

$450,000

$450,000

Smith is the other player I was talking about with the longest odds of making the team. He is a nose tackle, and there are too many players ahead of him on the depth chart.

Here is how the proven performance escalator (PPE) works, according to the CBA:The CBA states that an eligible player will qualify for the PPE in his fourth League year if: (1) he participated in a minimum of 35% of his Club's offensive or defensive plays in any two of his previous three regular seasons; or (2) he participated in a "cumulative average" of at least 35% of his Club's offensive or defensive plays over his previous three regular seasons. "Cumulative average" means the sum of the total number of offensive or defensive plays in which the player participated over the applicable seasons, divided by the sum of the Club's offensive or defensive plays during the same seasons. (By way of example, if a player participates in 600 of the Club's 1,000 offensive plays in his first season, 290 of the Club's 1,000 plays in his second season, and 310 of the Club's 1,000 plays in his third season for a total of 1,200 plays out of a possible 3,000, the cumulative average would equal 40%). As far as the salary is concerned, the PPE shall equal the difference between (i) the amount of the Restricted Free Agent Qualifying Offer for a Right of First Refusal Only as set forth in, or as calculated in accordance with, Article 9 for the League Year in such player's fourth season and (ii) the player's year-four Rookie Salary (excluding signing bonus and amounts treated as signing bonus). The resulting amount shall be added to the stated amount of the player's year-four Paragraph 5 Salary. Lastly If you have any questions, please leave them below, and I will do my best to get to them all.

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