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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 safeties.

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, outside linebackers, inside linebackers, and cornerbacks. Today, we move on to the safeties. 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 has arrived, so we'll consider all cuts post-June 1 cuts.

Antoine Bethea

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

Per Game RB

WO Bonus

2016

$6,025,000

$4,500,000

$1,250,000

$175,000

$100,000

2017

$7,000,000

$5,250,000

$1,250,000

$400,000

$100,000

If Cut

Dead Money: $1.25 million
Cap Savings: $4.775 million

New defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil has had high praise for the tandem of Antoine Bethea and Eric Reid, saying they are learning the defense faster than any previous players he has coached. I don’t expect Bethea to be anywhere but in the Bay Area this season. Bethea has no remaining guaranteed money due this year or next year.

Eric Reid

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

2016

$2,698,422

$1,561,467

$1,136,955

2017

$5,676,000

$5,676,000

$0

If Cut

Dead Money: $8,374,422
Cap Savings: -($5,676,000) or $0

The 49ers picked up Reid's fifth year option earlier this month. That amount is currently guaranteed for injury, and becomes fully guaranteed on the first day of the 2017 new league year. Reid is eligible for an extension at any point moving forward. Trent Baalke has discussed wanting to keep Reid around, but I think the 49ers wait and see how he holds up this season.

Jaquiski Tartt

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

WO Bonus

2016

$1,144,776

$613,955

$480,821

$50,000

2017

$1,373,731

$792,910

$480,821

$50,000

2018

$1,602,686

$1,021,865

$480,821

$100,000

If Cut

Dead Money: $1,094,776
Cap Savings: $50,000

Tartt is seen as a hybrid LB/S, where he can play both inside linebacker, and strong safety, and he does it well. I fully expect Tartt to be among the team's primary defensive rotation. Tartt will be eligible for an extension following the 2017 season.

L.J. McCray

Year

Cap Hit

Base

SB

2016

$602,000

$600,000

$2,000

If Cut

Dead Money: $2,000
Cap Savings: $600,000

McCray has been a valuable special teams contributor since he made the 53-man in his rookie year, so I have no doubt he will be here in 2016. He will be a restricted free agent following the 2016 season, and he is eligible for an extensions at any point moving forward.

Jered Bell

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

Bell has the longest odds of the making the roster, so his best chance is likely the 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.