With just over 4 hours left before the official start of NFL Free Agency, the San Francisco 49ers have yet to make major headlines. They apparently will take more than $6 million off of their books by cutting Carlos Rogers. That he has not been cut yet strongly suggests that the 49ers plan on making him a post-June 1 designated cut–a strange rule that lets you spread the cap hit over two seasons, even if the player is cut before June 1. This move has long been expected, but next to signing Anquan Boldin last week, is about all the excitement the 49ers have stirred up so far–ignoring the whole Jim Harbaugh saga of course.
Several reports are already coming out regarding players signing with various teams, even if officially that cannot happen for a tad bit longer, but, as usual, the Trent Baalke-led personnel front of San Francisco has flown under the radar–even with $16 million or so in cap space. This is much more than the 49ers typically have. I would expect them to use it to attempt to sign their own players–i.e. Donte Whitner, or perhaps agree to an extension with Colin Kaepernick who, sooner or later, will get paid. Both may be done as well.
It is not the 49ers’ style to go crazy in free agency. Do not be surprised, however, when you find smaller reports of their activities splash on the web periodically.