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49ers release Garry Gilliam, save $5 million in salary cap space

Time to tune that roster up

The San Francisco 49ers have released offensive tackle Garry Gilliam. The team made the announcement Wednesday.

Gilliam was signed to the team in 2017 and saw action both years, getting just one start in his two-year stint. Total, Gilliam appeared in 24 games.

John Lynch released the following statement:

“We would like to thank Garry for his contributions to the team the last two seasons. He filled in admirably when called upon and was a consummate teammate. We wish him and his family all the best.”

The cut may have been a money issue. Per Over the Cap, Gilliam was due an estimated $5 million in 2019 if he was cut before June 1st. If he was cut after, the 49ers would have been on the hook for his entire salary. $5 million $4.48 [top-51 best salaries count against the cap]and what Gilliam was producing, may have been a bit steep for a swing tackle.

This move clears some cap space, but it also clears some space for an offensive lineman. It’s not just the money, the 49ers might be getting their roster ready for the rookies.