49ers Mailbag: Cap planning for next year


49ers Mailbag: Cap planning for next year

The 49ers head back to work Tuesday for the first time since going into the bye week with a victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 29.Of course, it's Election Day and we're electing to answer some questions out of the 49ers Mailbag from our friends on Facebook . . . Q: The 49ers are only 500k under the salary. Is this a sign of salary cap problems next year or in the future? (Teddy Verdun)
The 49ers are a league-low 391,000 under the 2012 salary cap as of this morning, a league source tells CSNBayArea.com. But it appears as if the team's capologist, Paraag Marathe, has done a good job of setting things up for the team's future.For instance, knowing the 49ers would have some space to play with this year, the team a year ago restructured Patrick Willis' contract so that he would take up 17.6 million in cap space this year. Next year, Willis' cap number falls to just 3.6 million.The 49ers have 43 players under contract for next season at a cost of 118.6 million. The salary cap this year is 120.6 million. Here is a list of those with cap figures for next season of more than 4 million or non-starters at more than 2 million:QB Alex Smith 9.75 million
TE Vernon Davis 8.3 million
DT Justin Smith 8 million
CB Carlos Rogers 7.1 million
OLB Ahmad Brooks 6.556 million
RB Frank Gore 6.45 million
WR Michael Crabtree 5.77 million
C Jonathan Goodwin 5.02 million
WR Mario Manningham 4.88
S Donte Whitner 4.83 million
DT Ray McDonald 4.25 million
OLB Parys Haralson 2.87 millionREVIEW: 49ers mid-season report
But the 49ers also have several scheduled free agents, including safety Dashon Goldson, nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, tight end Delanie Walker, and receivers Randy Moss and Ted Ginn.It only goes to reason, however, that it becomes more and more difficult to manage the salary cap when the roster is comprised of better players who command bigger contracts.Exhibit A: All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who is scheduled to be grossly underpaid at 750,000 next season. His next contract -- with the 49ers or some other team -- will give him a significant pay increase.
Q: At what point do Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh tire of Aldon Smith's off field issues and waive him? (John Drummond)
Given the choice over an outstanding player who finds himself in the middle of several off-field issues or a below-average player who is a choir boy, there's not a team in the NFL that will choose the lesser player.Smith was reportedly involved last week in an early-morning disturbance, according to reports out of Columbia, Mo. One report had Smith getting "jumped." Smith denied that report, via Twitter, and said he was OK."What Aldon said to us was the same as what he said publicly," Harbaugh said Monday. "And you also tend to take a man at his word. So I don't know that there's anything more to add."In the meantime, the 49ers will wave Aldon Smith, all right. They'll wave him onto the field as a key every-down player in the 49ers' defense.Q: With Moss, Manningham, Davis, Crabtree, Williams and Ginn, would you say we have our receivers for the next couple years? (Michael Rodriguez)
Randy Moss and Ted Ginn are not signed beyond this season, so I'm not sure if they'll be around after this season.Kyle Williams and LaMichael James are being groomed to be the return men in future seasons, so it's questionable whether Ginn is going to be on the 49ers beyond this season.We don't know what the future holds for Moss, either. I'm sure a lot of that will depend on the final eight regular-season games and playoffs.One player you failed to mention is A.J. Jenkins. Although he has made no impact as a rookie, Jenkins is signed for three more seasons. He figures to have an increased role every season.
Q: Because of their strong depth, the 49ers haven't used their draft picks this year. With Andrew Luck playing so well, what if we traded our draft class for the 1st pick last year and drafted Luck? (James Stark)
When teams have a chance to land a franchise quarterback, they must take advantage of that rare opportunity.If the Colts had made that trade with the 49ers, first-year general manager Ryan Grigson would have no chance of making it to his second year with that job title.

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'


Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem


Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”