5 easy cuts that would save 49ers over $40 million in cap space

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Tarvarius Moore, SF 49ers
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49ers Cut No. 3: Defensive Back Tarvarius Moore

Cap Space Saved: $965,000 ($0 in dead money)

Moving on from Jimmy Garoppolo and Dee Ford are the clear-cut obvious moves, and doing so would already free up over $32.5 million in cap space.

From this point onward, things get a bit more dicey and unpredictable, yet that doesn’t mean the Niners have to stay inactive with their roster choices.

Another easy cut would be to part ways with their 2018 third-round NFL Draft pick, defensive back Tarvarius Moore, who suffered a torn Achilles during training camp and was never able to return to the field in 2021.

Granted, San Francisco is likely to experience a lot of attrition within its secondary this offseason, potentially losing defensive backs like Jaquiski Tartt, K’Waun Williams and others to free agency.

Moore’s versatility within the secondary is a boost, and it isn’t as if his $965,000 cap hit for 2022 is a substantial one. However, if the 49ers feel Moore either won’t bounce back from his significant injury or can’t ascend to the level of being a full-time starter, it might be best to find alternative options to boost up the defensive backfield.

Moore carries zero in guaranteed money for the final year of his rookie contract, meaning he’ll cost nothing in dead money if the Niners let him go.