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Considering special teams guaranteed money and 49ers roster locks

The 49ers handed out all sorts of contracts this offseason. Time to look at guaranteed money and what it means for each positional depth chart — QB | RB | TE | WR | OL | DL | LBCB | S

Earlier this week, following the 49ers three latest roster moves, I asked how many locks the 49ers have on their roster. With a new coaching staff and front office, few players are going to be safe when the time comes for roster cuts in late August. Some players seem like clear locks, while other seem clearly in danger, but nothing is really all that clear given the organizational overhaul.

Last week, we started a series of articles in which we will look at the guaranteed money and dead money related to each player at the various positions. The idea is that players with more guaranteed money or potential dead money hits are less likely to get released under the new management.

With each position, salary cap guru Jason Hurley look at the amount of fully guaranteed money still to be played out, and what dead money hits would look like following a release or trade. It is May 10, but I decided to focus on these exclusively as post-June 1 cuts. Any player cut after June 1 has their dead money split between 2017 and 2018. The 49ers could make some roster moves between now and then, but we’re looking at this based on training camp-related cuts. Also, we don’t know how offset language works for most of these contracts, so we are not factoring that into the assessment.

Today, we wrap it up with special teams. We normally look at special teams as kicker, punter, and long snapper. I decided to add in some previously mentioned players that are likely to be competing for special teams roles. I did not include any rookies, but I included some of the team’s free agent additions, as well as some returning players that played a lot of special teams last year. This is not a complete list, but it gives you an idea of some of the players we could see on the special teams units.

Here is a rundown of each player’s pertinent salary numbers.

K Robbie Gould: $1,000,000

$500,000 signing bonus, $500,000 of his 2017 base salary

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $500,000
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $750,000
Post June 1 Dead Money 2018: $250,000

LS Kyle Nelson: $300,000

All signing bonus prorations

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $0
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $150,000
Post June 1 Dead Money 2018: $150,000

P Bradley Pinion: $97,100

All signing bonus prorations

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $0
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $48,500
Post June 1 Dead Money 2018: $48,500

K Nick Rose - $0

Bruce Ellington: $118,607

All signing bonus proration

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $0
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $118,607

Aaron Burbridge: $75,287

All signing bonus proration

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $0
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $25,089
Post June 1 Dead Money 2018: $50,178

Garrett Celek: $2,875,000

$1 million of his 2017 base salary plus $625,000 in signing bonus proration.

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $1,000,000
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $1,625,000
Post June 1 Dead Money 2018: $1,250,000

Blake Bell: $252,566

All signing bonus proration

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $0
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $128,283
Post June 1 Dead Money 2018: $128,283

Ray-Ray Armstrong: $1,208,334

$333,334 in signing bonus prorations, $875,000 of his 2017 base salary.

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $875,000
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $1,041,666
Post June 1 Dead Money 2018: $166,668

Dekoda Watson: $1,000,000

All signing bonus prorations.

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $0
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $333,333
Post June 1 Dead Money 2018: $666,667

Brock Coyle: $400,000

All signing bonus proration

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $0
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $400,000

Keith Reaser: $41,200

All signing bonus proration

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $0
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $41,200

Jaquiski Tartt: $961,642

All signing bonus prorations

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $0
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $480,821
Post June 1 Dead Money 2018: $480,821

Don Jones: $750,000

$125,000 signing bonus prorations, $500,000 of his 2017 base salary.

Fully Guaranteed Money Left to be Paid: $500,000
Post June 1 Dead Money 2017: $625,000
Post June 1 Dead Money 2018: $125,000

Vinnie Sunseri - $0