The NFL salary cap, plain and simple, is weird. Really weird. Case in point, according to the ever-insightful Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, the San Francisco 49ers have yet to see the cap dividends from releasing Carlos Rogers. Why is this? He is a “Post June 1″ designated cut. It is St. Patrick’s Day today. This, however, is neither here nor there.
In the same article Maiocco discusses the rest of the 49ers’ salary cap, including that Chris Cook has received the veteran minimum (which counts less against the cap than he is paid, for some reason) and Phil Dawson is earning over $3 million a year. That is a heck of a lot for a kicker!
When all is said and done, Maiocco quotes a source as saying the 49ers have $3.726 million in cap space until June 1, when they will get $6.6 million more in cap space thanks to the quirks of the NFL’s salary cap structure and Rogers’ release.
Does the future cap space mean the 49ers will sign anyone else in free agency? Unless an amazing deal comes about, I doubt it. What is does mean, potentially, is that the 49ers could still strike a deal with Colin Kaepernick this offseason–just not before June.
This extra space definitely makes the 49ers appear to be on safer ground.