We entertained the idea of the San Francisco 49ers signing former New Orleans Saints right guard Larry Warford over the weekend. While that move would be not only an upgrade but also bolster the Niners offense, there is this thing called the salary cap. General manager John Lynch spoke to NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco on his podcast about where the current roster stands:
“There’s always an opportunity to get better. We do like where our roster is at. We’re extremely happy with where it’s at. I don’t anticipate anything big coming — and we are kind of nudged up against the cap, as well,” Lynch said. “So there’s really not a lot of room to go do things like that. That’s for a good reason. We have a lot of really good players, and we’re extremely excited about that. So there’s really not a lot of room to go do things like that. That’s for a good reason. We have a lot of really good players, and we’re extremely excited about that.”
The 49ers have just under $6 million in salary-cap space, per Maiocco. So if you were expecting Warford, or maybe Delanie Walker, kiss those dreams goodbye. Extending George Kittle will create a little more room. If San Francisco is hurting for space, they can waive a couple of other players, such as Tevin Coleman. But we’re at the point where if they haven’t been waived yet, the coaching staff feels confident about players like Coleman. That is until someone makes him expendable.