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Looking at 49ers ILB salary cap situation, and Ray-Ray Armstrong is interesting option

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

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,offensive line, defensive line, and outside linebackers. Today, we move on to the inside linebackers. We've got a list of the pertinent numbers for each player, and anything key points associated with the given contract. We've also added info about dead money and cap savings for each player if they are released. June 1 is just around the corner, so we'll consider all cuts post-June 1 cuts.

NaVorro Bowman

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

Per Game RB

2016

$9,554,000

$5,850,000

$2,954,000

$750,000

2017

$8,954,000

$6,750,000

$1,454,000

$750,000

2018

$10,104,000

$8,700,000

$654,000

$750,000

If cut

Dead money: $2,954,000
Cap savings: $6,600,000

Bowman is the only inside linebacker that is under contract long term, and is likely to be with the 49ers for much of the duration of the contract. Bowman’s 2016 base salary is guaranteed for $4.17 million, while 2017 and 2018 have no guarantees.

Gerald Hodges Jr.

Year

Cap Hit

Base

2016

$1,671,000

$1,671,000

If cut

Dead money: $0
Cap savings: $1,671,000

Hodges is my favorite to win the 3-man race for the other starting inside linebacker spot opposite NaVorro Bowman.

Michael Wilhoite

Year

Cap Hit

Base

2016

$1,671,000

$1,671,000

If cut

Dead money: $0
Cap savings: $1,671,000

I know some think that Wilhoite could be cut or traded, but I think he sticks. He has started when needed, and isn’t that bad of a player.

Nick Bellore

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

WO Bonus

LTBE

2016

$1,130,000

$760,000

$15,000

$50,000

$305,000

If cut

Dead money: $15,000
Cap savings: $1,115,000

As much as I like Bellore, I think he could be one of the teams final cuts. For someone who is special teams only, it’s tough to justify keeping Bellore over someone like Ray-Ray Armstrong.

Ray-Ray Armstrong

Year

Cap Hit

Base

WK 1 RB

2016

$700,000

$675,000

$25,000

If cut

Dead money: $0
Cap savings: $700,000

Armstrong is in the three-man race for the starting inside linebacker spot beside NaVorro Bowman. He has no guaranteed money, and just a $25,000 roster bonus for making the week 1 roster. I think Armstrong has a better case than Bellore for the 53-man roster for two reasons: 1) He is in the 3-man race for the other starting spot, and 2) He actually can contribute on defense, as well as special teams.

Shayne Skov

Year

Cap Hit

Base

2016

$525,000

$525,000

If cut

Dead money: $0
Cap savings: $525,000

Skov really needs to show something this offseason if the 49ers are to keep him among four or five inside linebackers. But honestly, I think times run out for Skov. I'm a big fan, but I think he is a cut in training camp.

Wynton McManis

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

2016

$450,833

$450,000

$833

2017

$540,833

$540,000

$833

2018

$630,834

$630,000

$834

If cut

Dead money: $833
Cap savings: $450,000

McManis has the longest odds of any of the other inside linebackers, and at best is destined for the 10-man practice squad.

As always you can follow me on Twitter, @Jay_AB81, or check our salary cap section here, on Niners Nation, which is now officially the exclusive home for my salary cap information.