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Time for a roster projection with salary cap implications.

The deadline passed for Kirk Cousins to sign a contract extension, and so we are left to wait until next offseason for this drama to play out. The San Francisco 49ers will have plenty of cap space next offseason if they want to pursue Cousins, but how much exactly?

Training camp gets going in nine days, and we’ll continue the process of figuring out the 49ers 53-man roster. With that and the Cousins issue in mind, I thought I’d take a look at a projected 53-man roster and the accompanying salary cap implications. Below I’ve outlined a possible 53-man roster, followed by what the 49ers salary cap will look like this year and next year. That reflects players on the roster, and dead money from roster cuts in the next month and a half. This will help us get an idea where the 49ers are situated when 2018 free agency arrives.

QB (3): Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, C.J. Beathard
RB (4): Carlos Hyde, Joe Williams, Kapri Bibbs, Matt Breida
FB (1): Kyle Juszycyk
WR (5): Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, Jeremy Kerley, Aldrick Robinson, Trent Taylor
TE (4): Vance McDonald, George Kittle, Logan Paulsen, Cole Hikutini
C (2): Jeremy Zuttah, Daniel Kilgore
OG (3): Zane Beadles, Joshua Garnett, Brandon Fusco
OT (3): Joe Staley, Trent Brown, Garry Gilliam

DL (8): Solomon Thomas, Arik Armstead, Elvis Dumervil, DeForest Buckner, Ronald Blair, Earl Mitchell, D.J. Jones, Quinton Dial
LB (7): NaVorro Bowman, Malcolm Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Reuben Foster, Dekoda Watson, Brock Coyle, Ray-Ray Armstrong
CB (5): Rashard Robinson, Ahkello Witherspoon, K’Wuan Williams, Will Redmond, Dontae Johnson
S (5): Jimmie Ward, Eric Reid, Lorenzo Jerome, Jaquiski Tartt, Don Jones

ST (3): Robbie Gould, Bradley Pinion, Kyle Nelson

With the above 53-man roster, the 49ers would have $126,789,266 committed to those players, and $15,690,574 in dead money left by 61 players. This would leave the 49ers at $63,641,595 under the 2017 salary cap.

The 49ers will also assemble a ten-man practice squad. Barring any higher than normal practice squad salaries, that would take up an addition $1.107 million of that money. The 49ers salary cap space is currently based on their top 51 salaries. After final cuts, the salary cap is based on every single person in the organization. That leaves the 49ers at approximately $62,534,595.

Plenty can and will change over the course of the year. Injuries happen, and for every player that ends up on injured reserve, someone has to replace them on the roster. Additionally, the 49ers could figure out contract extensions, which would impact the cap space. Usually teams set aside $5 million for that, although the number can vary.

Here is a salary cap chart with the above 53-man roster projection. It lists out every player with their cap hit, and is followed by all the dead money hits.

2017 cap implications of 2017 roster cuts

Name Pos. Cap hit Signed
Name Pos. Cap hit Signed
Staley, Joe LT $11,056,250 2019
Bowman, NaVorro MLB $9,591,500 2022
Garçon, Pierre WR $6,425,000 2021
Brooks, Ahmad OLB $6,148,750 2017
Reid, Eric SS $5,676,000 2017
Hoyer, Brian QB $5,275,000 2018
Thomas, Solomon DE $5,118,978 2020
McDonald, Vance TE $4,165,625 2021
Buckner, DeForest DT $4,134,316 2019
Beadles, Zane LG $4,033,333 2018
Juszczyk, Kyle FB $3,750,000 2020
Smith, Malcolm OLB $3,684,375 2021
Zuttah, Jeremy C $3,500,000 2018
Dumervil, Elvis DE $3,375,000 2018
Goodwin, Marquise WR $3,250,000 2018
Mithcell, Earl NT $2,921,875 2020
Dial, Quinton NT $2,756,750 2019
Armstead, Arik DE $2,684,353 2018
Ward, Jimmie FS $2,263,077 2018
Gilliam, Garry OT $2,162,500 2017
Garnett, Joshua RG $2,114,616 2019
Kerley, Jeremy WR $2,016,666 2019
Barkley, Matt QB $1,918,750 2018
Robinson, Aldrick WR $1,800,000 2018
Gould, Robbie PK $1,750,000 2018
Kilgore, Daniel C $1,700,000 2017
Foster, Reuben OLB $1,642,830 2020
Watson, Dekoda OLB $1,533,333 2019
Coyle, Brock MLB $1,450,000 2017
Fusco, Brandon LG $1,400,000 2017
Tartt, Jaquiski SS $1,373,731 2018
Armstrong, Ray-Ray OLB $1,341,666 2018
Hyde, Carlos RB $1,171,443 2017
Nelson, Kyle LS $1,150,000 2018
Paulsen, Logan TE $1,000,000 2017
Jones, Don FS $981,250 2018
Redmond, Will CB $834,019 2019
Johnson, Dontae CB $790,136 2017
Witherspoon, Ahkello CB $708,393 2020
Williams, K'Wuan CB $765,000 2017
Pinion, Bradley P $663,550 2018
Beathard, C.J. QB $641,572 2020
Robinson, Rashard CB $635,848 2019
Brown, Trent RT $628,973 2018
Williams, Joe RB $622,346 2020
Bibbs, Kapri RB $615,000 2017
Blair, Ronald DE $607,602 2019
Kittle, George TE $539,574 2020
Taylor, Trent WR $515,486 2020
Jones, D.J. NT $501,967 2020
Hikutini, Cole TE $468,333 2019
Jerome, Lorenzo FS $467,833 2019
Breida, Matt RB $466,666 2019
Torrey Smith XX $4,800,000 Dead $
Colin Kaepernick XX $2,465,753 Dead $
Tank Carradine XX $1,675,000 Dead $
Garrett Celek XX $1,675,000 Dead $
Antoine Bethea XX $1,250,000 Dead $
Tramaine Brock XX $750,000 Dead $
Bruce Miller XX $446,500 Dead $
Tim Hightower XX $332,000 Dead $
Mike Davis XX $234,390 Dead $
Eli Harold XX $189,343 Dead $
DeAndre Smelter XX $172,844 Dead $
Marcus Martin XX $167,813 Dead $
Fahn Cooper XX $138,288 Dead $
Brandon Thomas XX $126,504 Dead $
Blake Bell XX $126,283 Dead $
Bruce Ellington XX $118,607 Dead $
Jeff Driskel XX $84,405 Dead $
Kelvin Taylor XX $75,267 Dead $
John Theus XX $64,403 Dead $
Eric Rogers XX $62,500 Dead $
Ian Silberman XX $60,838 Dead $
Jimmie Gilbert XX $54,000 Dead $
Chris Jones XX $50,000 Dead $
Aaron Lynch XX $49,500 Dead $
Prince Charles Iworah XX $46,107 Dead $
Keith Reaser XX $41,200 Dead $
Victor Bolden XX $37,666 Dead $
Pita Taumoepenu XX $36,364 Dead $
Kenneth Acker XX $30,150 Dead $
Donavin Newsom XX $26,666 Dead $
Busta Anderson XX $26,392 Dead $
Aaron Burbridge XX $25,089 Dead $
DuJuan Harris XX $25,000 Dead $
Noble Nwachukwu XX $23,333 Dead $
Kendrick Bourne XX $21,666 Dead $
Adrian Colbert XX $21,200 Dead $
Tim Barnes XX $20,000 Dead $
Nick Mullens XX $18,666 Dead $
Malik Golden XX $13,000 Dead $
Erik Magnuson XX $11,333 Dead $
Jason Faniaka XX $10,000 Dead $
Alex Balducci XX $8,334 Dead $
Bret Treadway XX $7,500 Dead $
Colin Kelly XX $7,500 Dead $
Devon Cajuste XX $6,667 Dead $
Tyler McCloskey XX $6,666 Dead $
Darrell Williams XX $6,666 Dead $
Bryce Treggs XX $5,334 Dead $
Lenny Jones XX $5,334 Dead $
KD Cannon XX $5,000 Dead $
Evan Goodman XX $4,833 Dead $
Blake Muir XX $3,334 Dead $
John Lunsford XX $3,334 Dead $
Norman Price XX $3,334 Dead $
Darren Lake XX $2,667 Dead $
DeAndrew White XX $2,334 Dead $
Dres Anderson XX $2,000 Dead $
Demetrius Cherry XX $1,667 Dead $
Jered Bell XX $1,667 Dead $
Wynton McManis XX $1,667 Dead $
John Flynn XX $1,666 Dead $

Next up is the 2018 salary cap outlook based on this roster projection. The 49ers would have 42 players signed for 2018, counting $126,527,614 against the cap. They would have $1,947,351 in dead money for 19 players. This would leave the team with $49,525,035 under a $178 million salary cap projection for 2018.

They would be able to roll over their available cap space from this season. This number will change with injuries and extensions, but for this hypothetical, the total they could roll over is $62,534,595. That would give them $113,166,630 in cap space. So yes, they probably be able to afford a Kirk Cousins offer. They could very well front-load the deal to a certain extent and make it hard for Washington to match if the transition tag is involved, or if Cousins is simply an unrestricted free agent.

Here is the 49ers 2018 salary cap chart, similar to above with dead money listed after the players under contract.

2018 cap implications of 2017 roster cuts

Name Pos. Cap hit Signed
Name Pos. Cap hit Signed
Bowman, NaVorro MLB $11,994,000 2022
Garçon, Pierre WR $9,375,000 2021
Ward, Jimmie FS $8,526,000 2018
Staley, Joe LT $7,700,000 2019
Hoyer, Brian QB $6,500,000 2018
Thomas, Solomon DE $6,398,723 2020
McDonald, Vance TE $6,000,000 2021
Buckner, DeForest DT $4,961,179 2019
Smith, Malcolm OLB $4,700,000 2021
Juszczyk, Kyle FB $4,500,000 2020
Dumervil, Elvis DE $4,250,000 2018
Beadles, Zane LG $4,083,334 2018
Mitchell, Earl NT $3,850,000 2020
Dial, Quinton NT $3,706,750 2019
Zuttah, Jeremy C $3,500,000 2018
Armstead, Arik DE $3,131,745 2018
Kerley, Jeremy WR $2,866,666 2019
Goodwin, Marquise WR $2,750,000 2018
Garnett, Joshua RG $2,537,539 2019
Gould, Robbie PK $2,250,000 2018
Robinson, Aldrick WR $2,200,000 2018
Foster, Reuben OLB $2,053,538 2020
Barkley, Matt QB $2,050,000 2018
Tartt, Jaquiski SS $1,602,686 2018
Watson, Dekoda OLB $1,583,333 2019
Armstrong, Ray-Ray OLB $1,416,668 2018
Jones, Don FS $1,200,000 2018
Nelson, Kyle LS $1,150,000 2018
Redmond, Will CB $968,985 2019
Witherspoon, Ahkello CB $881,718 2020
Pinion, Bradley P $753,550 2018
Beathard, C.J. QB $731,572 2020
Robinson, Rashard CB $725,848 2019
Brown, Trent RT $718,973 2018
Williams, Joe RB $712,346 2020
Blair, Ronald DE $697,602 2019
Kittle, George TE $629,574 2020
Taylor, Trent WR $605,486 2020
Jones, D.J. NT $591,967 2020
Hikutini, Cole TE $558,333 2019
Jerome, Lorenzo FS $557,833 2019
Breida, Matt RB $556,666 2019
Garrett Celek XX $1,250,000 Dead $
Eli Harold XX $174,343 Dead $
John Theus XX $128,806 Dead $
Blake Bell XX $126,283 Dead $
Pita Taumoepenu XX $109,902 Dead $
Adrian Colbert XX $63,500 Dead $
Aaron Burbridge XX $50,178 Dead $
Jimmie Gilbert XX $8,000 Dead $
Noble Nwachukwu XX $6,667 Dead $
Victor Bolden XX $5,334 Dead $
Donavin Newsom XX $3,334 Dead $
John Flynn XX $3,334 Dead $
Kendrick Bourne XX $3,334 Dead $
Tyler McCloskey XX $3,334 Dead $
Darrell Williams XX $3,334 Dead $
Erik Magnuson XX $2,667 Dead $
Malik Golden XX $2,000 Dead $
Evan Goodman XX $1,667 Dead $
Nick Mullens XX $1,334 Dead $

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.