The NFLPA announced salary cap rollover on Thursday, and the San Francisco 49ers will be rolling the third most money from 2018 into 2019. The 49ers rolled over 100 percent of their $35,031,573 in cap space. Only the Cleveland Browns ($56.5 million) and Indianapolis Colts ($49.1 million) rolled more money into the coming season.
It is worth noting these numbers do not reflect the debits and credits based on incentives players earned or did not earn in the 2018 season. Those are taken or added to the team’s 2019 cap space, so that will impact the 49ers overall cap space. But either way, the 49ers are going to have plenty of cap space.
We can look at that figure in a few different ways. On the positive side, it means will have plenty of money to invest in the continued rebuilding process. They will get Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerick McKinnon, among others, back from injury, and now they can continue with the roster overhaul. They can be aggressive whether it be trying to trade for Antonio Brown, making a run at Demarcus Lawrence or Dee Ford, or whatever else they want to do.
On the other hand, it means the 49ers did not choose to spend more money this past year. They might not have seen the kinds of players they felt could do more, but that is something to keep in the back of our minds moving forward. It doesn’t mean they’re being cheap necessarily, particularly if they have plans on signing DeForest Buckner to an extension sooner rather than later.