The 49ers salary cap crisis may not end up as dire as it looked as it would be heading into the offseason. With the salary cap floor rising to $ 180 million from $ 175 million, and the ability to do some maneuvering to free up space, San Francisco could end up having more flexibility than initially anticipated. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer in his MMQB column reported that the 49ers have the ninth-most cap space in the league with a week before the legal manipulation window opens.
Breer submitted all salary cap space numbers as of Sunday through an NFL team’s salary cap chief and San Francisco has $ 28.02 million in space available against a ceiling of $ 183 million.
Here’s what the top 10 looks like:
1. Jaguars: $ 86.42
2. Jets: $ 78.96 million
3. Colts: $ 70.89 million
4. Patriots: $ 68.74 million
5. Washington: $ 56.77 million
6. Broncos: $ 45.48 million
7. Bengals: $ 42.55 million
8. Panthers: $ 31.25 million
9. 49ers: $ 28.02 million
10. Chargers: $ 25.60 million
By the time the dust settles on the lid maneuvers, the 49ers could be working on something closer to $ 40 million. They could save $ 5.7 million by parting ways with DE Dee Ford, and another $ 3.3 million by letting C Weston Richburg go. That alone would earn them $ 37 million in space.
With LT Trent Williams, FB Kyle Juszczyk and CB K’Waun Williams entering the unrestricted free agent market, having financial flexibility this offseason will be key, especially with a team like the Jets that could be competitive for many 49ers free agents. due to the familiarity of the new coaching staff with San Francisco.
Things still won’t be easy this offseason, but the 49ers appear to be in better shape than when last season ended.