The one and only Adam Schefter broke the news today that the NFL Salary Cap will be approximately $130 million this next year, a raise much greater than expected over the past year’s $123 million or thereabouts. For the San Francisco 49ers, this could have major implications in contract negotiations with a few players. Their estimated cap space, currently, is about $11 million.
First of all, it would make it seem like the 49ers have a much greater chance of signing Anquan Boldin, Donte Whitner, or both this offseason. The 49ers have already reconstructed Jon Baldwin‘s contract to a more manageable salary and could potentially do the same with the likes of Carlos Rogers. It would not be a shock to see the 49ers maneuver their way down to the $16 million mark before considering the salaries of Boldin, Whitner, or Colin Kapernick‘s likely monstrous deal.
Speaking of Kaepernick, this raise also gives him more leverage in negotiations for a deal. With more space, the 49ers could, conceivably, send more of it his way. It seems like the team’s needs will be under consideration in this negotiation, but money is important to players too–and even at $15-20 million a year, it is important, if only for status. Do not be too surprised if a contract similar to Joe Flacco‘s strange deal appears, where the money looks huge, but in all honesty is backloaded to an outrageous extent where it is extremely obvious that the signer will never see the money, but still gets the status of receiving such a contract.
Ultimately, the raise potentially lets the 49ers keep two key cogs to their team–Boldin and Whitner–for another year at least, keeping the championship-potential team and its window wide open in 2014.