The new Colin Kaepernick deal drew many eyes last week, as it was one of the biggest deals the NFL has seen this offseason.
But now the 49ers only have $6.422 million remaining in their cap space. This new Kaepernick deal is beneficial to him but it is not promising for other players that are searching for new deals. You can see from my last article that the 49ers’ No. 1 priority as far as offseason contract extensions happened, but there is definitely not enough room to sign the next four in line.
Kaepernick’s deal was definitely a win-lose situation, as it makes Kaepernick the sixth highest paid quarterback above names like Jay Cutler, Eli Manning and Tom Brady. However, how are the 49ers going to pay for their other players that have their contracts coming to an end in future years?
With the mandatory mini-camp arising soon, players are expected to train whether they have a new contract or not. However, guard Alex Boone has said he is expecting to miss mini-camp unless he receives a new deal.
Boone does not enter his final year of his contract until 2015. However, one of his fellow linemen, Mike Iupati, has his contract up this year. With the drafting of Marcus Martin and Brandon Thomas, it is a high possibility that we will see one of these veteran linemen go by the end of the season.
In addition, Michael Crabtree, whose contract ends this year, is expecting to be paid. It was difficult to sign Crabtree as a rookie who was holding out for a while, but they finally reached an agreement. It is a possibility that it could be the same story by the time the next offseason rolls around. But we could also see no contract for Crabtree, as the 49ers traded for Stevie Johnson and drafted Bruce Ellington.
One of the main players who most thought would be getting signed this offseason was Vernon Davis. He has developed himself into one of the top tight ends in the league. If the 49ers cannot re-sign him by the end of this year or next year, do not expect the team to franchise tag him because they definitely will not have the money for that. I mean look at Jimmy Graham. The Saints franchise tagged him and now he could earn above $11 million a year.
How about defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey? He has provided a spark for the team since signing with San Francisco last year. His contract is up at the end of this year, and the 49ers are expected to re-sign him, but with limited cap space it could be difficult.
Usually teams leave about $5 million left in their cap space just due to any emergencies. So it will be interesting to see what the 49ers do with their remaining cap space.