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Taking a deeper look at the 49ers 2020 and beyond salary cap situation

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve recently went over the 49ers 2020 salary cap situation, and I want to now look at 2020, and beyond, and why the 49ers can retain their core players.

I’ve identified eight players who are in line for new deals, and they are below.

FB Kyle Juszyzck

TE George Kittle

DE Arik Armstead

DE Ronald Blair III

DT DeForest Buckner

CB Richard Sherman

CB Ahkello Witherspoon

FS Jimmie Ward

With Juszyzck, Buckner, and Sherman, they can convert most of their base salaries in 2020, using the difference to their bonus structures.

With Kittle, Armstead, Blair, Witherspoon, and Ward, they will cost salary cap room, so the 49ers can create it by restructuring Jimmy Garoppolo’s deal.

By doing so, the 49ers would create $19.204 million in cap space; also, the 49ers will likely move on from Jerick McKinnon.

I have the following average per year for the above eight players.

FB Kyle Juszyzck – $5 million

TE George Kittle – $12 million

DE Arik Armstead – $12 million

DE Ronald Blair III – $5 million

DT DeForest Buckner – $20 million

CB Richard Sherman – $9 million

CB Ahkello Witherspoon – $7 million

FS Jimmie Ward – $5 million

Now I doubt the 49ers will structure the deals where they have each year having the players APY counting against the cap. Instead, the 49ers will likely backload the deals into 2022 and beyond, when the 49ers have over $125 million in cap room in 2022 and over $211 million in 2023. These assume a $220 million cap for 2022 and a $230 million cap for 2023.

I have the 49ers signing Buckner, and Kittle to 5-year deals through 2025.

I have the 49ers signing Juszyzck, Witherspoon, Blair, Armstead to 4-year deals through 2024.

I have the 49ers signing Sherman to 3-year deals through 2023.

And I have the 49ers signing Ward to a 2-year deal through 2022.

I also have the 49ers tendering Matt Breida at the 2nd-round tender, which should be $3.278 million, while I also have them tendering exclusive rights free agents Nick Mullens, Jeff Wilson Jr., Ross Dwelley, Daniel Brunskill, and Emmanuel Moseley.

Mullens, Wilson, and Dwelley’s tenders would be for $660,000, while Brunskill and Moseley’s tenders would be for $585,000.

Mullens, Wilson, and Dwelley will be restricted free agents in 2021, but I’ve left them off my list as it’s a way to early and hard to project RFA tender amounts for 2021. The same goes for Moseley, and Brunskill, who would be RFAs in 2022.

As for key 2021 free agents, I have the 49ers re-signing Jaquiski Tartt to a 3-year deal, averaging $5 million a year, K’Waun Williams to a 3-year deal, averaging $3 million a year, Matt Breida to a 3-year deal, averaging $4.5 million a year, and Tevin Coleman to a 2-year deal, averaging $4.5 million a year.

I have the 49ers restructuring Jimmy Garoppolo’s deal again, which would be the last time doing this, and they would save over $18 million in salary-cap space.

I also have the 49ers restructuring Dee Ford’s deal, which would save the team over $10 million in salary-cap space.

Below are the cap tables for 2020-2023, and again I expect the 49ers to backload the deals into 2022 and 2023 for those signing deals that run through those years.

2020 Table:

# Name Pos. Signed 2020 Cap Number
55 Ford, Dee LEO 2023 $16,100,000
56 Alexander, Kwon WLB 2022 $13,100,000
99 Buckner, DeForest DT 2026 $12,378,000
91 Armstead, Arik DE/DT 2024 $12,000,000
85 Kittle, George TE 2025 $12,000,000
74 Staley, Joe LT 2021 $11,750,000
25 Sherman, Richard CB 2024 $10,050,000
94 Thomas, Solomon DE/DT 2020 $8,958,213
58 Richburg, Weston C 2022 $8,860,000
10 Garoppolo, Jimmy QB 2024 $8,360,000
97 Bosa, Nick DE/LEO 2022 $7,625,424
23 Witherspoon, Ahkello CB 2024 $7,000,000
44 Juszczyk, Kyle FB 2024 $6,800,000
29 Tartt, Jaquiski SS 2020 $6,400,000
75 Tomlinson, Laken LG 2021 $5,250,000
11 Goodwin, Marquise WR 2021 $5,125,000
9 Gould, Robbie PK 2022 $5,100,000
69 McGlinchey, Mike RT 2021 $5,002,330
98 Blair III, Ronald LEO/DT 2024 $5,000,000
20 Ward, Jimmie FS/CB 2021 $5,000,000
26 Coleman, Tevin RB 2020 $4,900,000
22 Breida, Matt RB 2020 $3,278,000
31 Mostert, Raheem RB 2021 $3,208,333
24 Williams, K’Waun CB 2020 $3,200,000
68 Person, Mike RG 2021 $2,500,000
19 Samuel, Deebo WR 2022 $1,749,399
18 Pettis, Dante WR 2021 $1,745,608
53 Nzeocha, Mark SLB 2021 $1,500,000
3 Beathard, C.J. QB 2020 $1,122,751
54 Warner, Fred MLB 2021 $1,096,547
86 Nelson, Kyle LS/TE 2022 $975,000
17 Hurd, Jalen WR/TE 2022 $972,655
33 Moore, Tarvarius FS/CB 2021 $896,093
95 Street, Kentavius DE/NT 2021 $812,550
15 Taylor, Trent WR 2020 $785,487
6 Wishnowsky, Mitch P 2022 $776,018
93 Jones, D.J. NT 2020 $771,967
83 Toilolo, Levine TE 2020 $750,000
32 Reed Jr., D.J. CB/FS 2021 $737,843
77 Taylor, Jullian DT 2021 $684,511
13 James Jr., Richie WR 2021 $679,143
57 Greenlaw, Dre SLB 2022 $665,429
4 Mullens, Nick QB 2020 $660,000
30 Wilson Jr., Jeff RB 2020 $660,000
40 Tabor, Teez CB 2020 $660,000
47 Lee, Elijah SLB 2020 $660,000
82 Dwelley, Ross TE 2020 $660,000
36 Harris, Marcell SS 2020 $660,000
67 Skule, Justin RT/LT 2022 $629,887
51 Al-Shaair, Azeez MLB 2021 $590,000
41 Moseley, Emmanuel CB 2020 $585,000
60 Brunskill, Daniel LG 2020 $585,000
35 Harris Jr., Tim CB 2022 $549,577
1 Poindexter, Shawn WR 2021 $511,666
90 Givens, Kevin DT 2020 $510,000
45 Flannigan-Fowles, Demetrius SLB 2020 $510,000
76 Reynolds, Ross LG 2020 $510,000
43 Helm, Daniel TE 2020 $510,000
92 Valoaga, Jeremiah LEO 2020 $510,000
7 Henry, Malik WR 2020 $510,000
71 Jones-Smith, Jaryd LT 2020 $510,000

Total $216,647,431
Dead $4,298,772
Total and Dead $220,946,203
Top 51 Rule $215,771,203
2020 Cap $200,000,000
Cap Space $3,930,012
Effective Cap Room ($1,244,988)
Projected Adjustments $8,000,000
2019 Carryover $11,701,215
2019 Carryover(Effective) $11,701,215
Players Signed 61 Players

Dead Money Amount
McKinnon, Jerick $4,000,000
Kaden Smith $150,086
Marcell Harris $83,150
Adrian Colbert $21,200
Malik Henry $10,000
Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles $8,334
Kevin Givens $8,000
Jamell Garcia-Williams $6,667
Tyree Mayfield $6,667
Wilton Speight $3,334
Ross Reynolds $1,334
Total $4,298,772

2021 Table:

# Name Pos. Signed 2021 Cap Number
99 Buckner, DeForest DT 2025 $20,000,000
56 Alexander, Kwon WLB 2022 $14,400,000
10 Garoppolo, Jimmy QB 2024 $14,011,250
74 Staley, Joe LT 2021 $12,500,000
91 Armstead, Arik DE/DT 2024 $12,000,000
85 Kittle, George TE 2025 $12,000,000
58 Richburg, Weston C 2022 $10,210,000
97 Bosa, Nick DE/LEO 2022 $9,150,509
25 Sherman, Richard CB 2022 $9,000,000
55 Ford, Dee LEO 2023 $8,056,666
23 Witherspoon, Ahkello CB 2024 $7,000,000
11 Goodwin, Marquise WR 2021 $6,475,000
75 Tomlinson, Laken LG 2021 $6,250,000
69 McGlinchey, Mike RT 2021 $5,836,052
9 Gould, Robbie PK 2022 $5,250,000
98 Blair III, Ronald LEO/DT 2024 $5,000,000
44 Juszyzck, Kyle FB 2024 $5,000,000
20 Ward, Jimmie FS/CB 2021 $5,000,000
29 Tartt, Jaquiski SS 2023 $5,000,000
22 Breida, Matt RB 2023 $4,500,000
26 Coleman, Tevin RB 2022 $4,500,000
31 Mostert, Raheem RB 2021 $3,508,334
68 Person, Mike RG 2021 $3,000,000
24 Williams, K’Waun CB 2023 $3,000,000
19 Samuel, Deebo WR 2022 $2,099,279
18 Pettis, Dante WR 2021 $2,036,543
53 Nzeocha, Mark SLB 2021 $1,600,000
54 Warner, Fred MLB 2021 $1,234,547
17 Hurd, Jalen WR/TE 2022 $1,167,186
86 Nelson, Kyle LS/TE 2022 $1,045,000
33 Moore, Tarvarius FS/CB 2021 $980,093
95 Street, Kentavius DE/NT 2021 $902,550
6 Wishnowsky, Mitch P 2022 $866,018
32 Reed Jr., D.J. CB/FS 2021 $827,843
77 Taylor, Jullian DT 2021 $774,511
13 James Jr., Richie WR 2021 $769,143
57 Greenlaw, Dre SLB 2022 $755,429
67 Skule, Justin RT/LT 2022 $719,887
35 Harris Jr., Tim CB 2022 $714,577
51 Al-Shaair, Azeez MLB 2021 $680,000
1 Poindexter, Shawn WR 2021 $676,668
41 Moseley, Emmanuel CB 2021 $675,000
60 Brunskill, Daniel LG 2021 $675,000

Total $209,847,085
Dead $0
Total and Dead $209,847,085
2021 Cap $210,000,000
Cap Space $152,915
Effective Cap Room $152,915
Players under contract 43 Players

2022 Table:

# Name Pos. Signed 2022 Cap Number
10 Garoppolo, Jimmy QB 2022 $37,376,250
55 Ford, Dee LEO 2023 $23,371,666
99 Buckner, DeForest DT 2025 $20,000,000
56 Alexander, Kwon WLB 2022 $14,500,000
85 Kittle, George TE 2025 $12,000,000
91 Armstead, Arik DE/DT 2024 $12,000,000
58 Richburg, Weston C 2022 $11,010,000
97 Bosa, Nick DE/LEO 2022 $10,675,564
25 Sherman, Richard CB 2022 $9,000,000
23 Witherspoon, Ahkello CB 2024 $7,000,000
98 Blair III, Ronald LEO/DT 2024 $5,000,000
44 Juszyzck, Kyle FB 2024 $5,000,000
29 Tartt, Jaquiski SS 2023 $5,000,000
22 Breida, Matt RB 2023 $4,500,000
26 Coleman, Tevin RB 2022 $4,500,000
9 Gould, Robbie PK 2022 $4,750,000
24 Williams, K’Waun CB 2023 $3,000,000
19 Samuel, Deebo WR 2022 $2,449,159
17 Hurd, Jalen WR/TE 2022 $1,361,717
86 Nelson, Kyle LS/TE 2022 $1,140,000
6 Wishnowsky, Mitch P 2022 $956,018
57 Greenlaw, Dre SLB 2022 $845,429
67 Skule, Justin RT/LT 2022 $809,887
35 Harris Jr., Tim CB 2022 $804,577

Total $197,050,267
Dead $0
Total and Dead $197,050,267
2022 Cap $220,000,000
Cap Space $22,949,733
Players under contract 24 Players

2023 Table:

# Name Pos. Signed 2023 Cap Number
55 Ford, Dee LEO 2023 $23,371,666
99 Buckner, DeForest DT 2025 $20,000,000
85 Kittle, George TE 2025 $12,000,000
91 Armstead, Arik DE/DT 2024 $12,000,000
23 Witherspoon, Ahkello CB 2024 $7,000,000
44 Juszyzck, Kyle FB 2024 $5,000,000
29 Tartt, Jaquiski SS 2023 $5,000,000
22 Breida, Matt RB 2023 $5,000,000
98 Blair III, Ronald LEO/DT 2024 $5,000,000
24 Williams, K’Waun CB 2023 $3,000,000

Total $97,371,666
Dead $0
Total and Dead $97,371,666
2023 Cap $230,000,000
Cap Space $132,628,334
Players under contract 10 Players

Again, I don’t have some players factored in that the 49ers would like to keep around, namely, Nick Mullens, Ross Dwelley, Jeff Wilson Jr., and Emmanuel Moseley. They shouldn’t cost a ton of money, but it’s too early, and hard to project deals for them. I could also see them holding onto Daniel Brunskill as well.

And as you can see, the 49ers have enough cap space to sign their draft picks in 2022-2023. Also, it’s too hard to project those numbers for now.

Now, this is all possible as long as the 49ers don’t trade for a high salaried player.

Also, in 2021, Fred Warner, Mike McGlinchey, Dante Pettis, and the rest of the 2018 draft class will be eligible for new deals, while Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd, and the rest of the 2019 draft class will be eligible for new deals in 2022.

The 49ers can create more cap room in 2021 by extending Marquise Goodwin, and Joe Staley, by lowering their base salaries, and converting them into their bonus structures.

Also Goodwin could be seen a cap casualty, which would free up $5.85 million, while Staley could wind up retiring, which would free up $12 million in salary cap room.

One last note, some or most of these deals could include incentives, especially for the offensive skill players, and also the defensive backs, which would minimize those players’ cap hits.