The 49ers haven’t traditionally been a team that engineers a lot of cap casualties, but the 2023 offseason could change things up a bit.
Technically, the San Francisco 49ers don’t need to make any of their rostered players cap casualties heading toward the beginning of the 2023 NFL new year.
But that’s only technically.
As of March 10, five days before the start of that new year and the beginning of NFL free agency, the Niners have $6.417 million in salary cap space, according to Over the Cap. It’s not a static number and will change by the way of extensions, cuts, restructures and player signings.
An important thing to note, though, is all teams must have their top 51 contracts under the 2023 salary cap of $224.8 million by March 15, the start of the NFL new year.
While there are plenty of teams who are still well above that number, San Francisco is more than $6 million below it.
However, that doesn’t afford general manager John Lynch and Co. a lot of opportunity to go out and ink other free agents, and the 49ers do have some holes to fill despite being a playoff-caliber team already.
One way to do that? Cut players whose contracts are more of a burden than a benefit to the team.
Let’s take a look at each of the Niners’ 2023 salary cap cuts as they happen (and why).
49ers 2023 salary cap cuts tracker
This list will be populated with rostered players whom San Francisco ends up cutting.
In addition to players who were under contract in 2023 but ended up being cut, the 49ers have some pretty high-profile individuals who are hitting NFL free agency.
Among the big names are:
- QB Jimmy Garoppolo
- DB Jimmie Ward
- OT Mike McGlinchey
- EDGE Samson Ebukam
- DB Emmanuel Moseley
- K Robbie Gould
- OL Daniel Brunskill
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Reserve offensive lineman Colton McKivitz was also a restricted free agent, but the Niners extended him by two years.
That likely points to McGlinchey walking this offseason.
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