49ers Mailbag: A look at team's future cap


49ers Mailbag: A look at team's future cap

Q: Was cap space problem for 49ers to give Dashon Goldson long term contract? (@jdub1998)
The 49ers have no cap concerns for this season. The day the 49ers placed the franchise tender of 6.212 million on Goldson, that figure immediately counted toward the 49ers' 2012 cap.At this point in the offseason, only the team's top 51 salaries (and the money devoted to player who are no longer on the roster) count toward the cap. The 49ers are 3.395 million under the cap, and that's plenty of room for this season.But where cap concerns enter into the picture is down the road.The cap is not expected to rise much through the 2015 season. And the cap is likely to go up only about 300,000 next year to approximately 120.9 million, according to an ESPN report in March.Teams will be allowed to carry over unused cap space from this year to next year. Already, the 49ers have 123 million in cap space devoted to 2013 -- a number that could be lowered depending on which players remain after this year's final cuts.Currently, the 49ers have 19 players scheduled to exceed 2 million against the cap in 2013:Alex Smith 9.75 million
Vernon Davis 8.34 million
Justin Smith 8 million
Carlos Rogers 7.1 million
Ahmad Brooks 6.65 million
Frank Gore 6.45 million
Michael Crabtree 5.77 million
Jonathan Goodwin 5.02 million
Mario Manningham 4.88 million
Donte Whitner 4.83 million
Ray McDonald 4.25 million
Andy Lee 4.05 million
Aldon Smith 3.92 million
David Akers 3.62 million
Patrick Willis 3.6 million
Anthony Davis 3.57
Parys Haralson 2.87 million
Joe Staley 2.8 million
Mike Iupati 2.63 millionHere's a list of the players scheduled for free agency after the upcoming season:S Dashon Goldson
WR Randy Moss
DE Isaac Sopoaga
TE Delanie Walker
WR Ted Ginn
NT Ricky Jean Francois
LB Larry Grant
RB Brandon Jacobs
CB Tramaine Brock (RFA)
RB Rock Cartwright
LB Tavares Gooden
WR Brett Swain

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team


49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

[MAIOCCO: Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees]

Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals

Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees


Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees

Reuben Foster’s arrest Friday night on marijuana charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is likely to void $2.5 million in salary guarantees, according to a former NFL agent.

Joel Corry, appearing on the 49ers Insider Podcast, said there is language in Foster’s contract that voids the salary guarantees if he is fined under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse.

“Typically with veteran contracts, you must be suspended . . . in order to have contract guarantees void,” said Corry, whose work appears on CBS Sports. “What we’ve seen in rookie deals is they’ve extended that to getting fined, as well.”

According to a league source familiar with the 49ers’ structure on rookie contracts, the team’s standard practice is to void guarantees with fines. The 49ers were not harder on Foster because of a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a diluted sample.

Foster was released on $2,500 bond on Friday evening after being booked on second-degree marijuana possession, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse, the first offense for a violation of Stage Two, if marijuana, includes a fine equivalent to the pay of two game checks.

In Foster’s original contract, his entire scheduled salaries of $875,708 in 2018 and $1.286 million in 2019 were fully guaranteed. In addition, $339,000 of his scheduled $1.697 salary in 2020 was guaranteed.

“What that means is,” Corry said, “he doesn’t get the money, no matter what, any more. But he can still make the same money that’s in the contract on a non-guaranteed basis, but you don’t have the same security as you did before.

“So if his rookie year turns out to be an anomaly or off-the-field issues end up being problematic, it gives the 49ers more latitude to either ask him a pay cut or to release him.”

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers as a rookie. The first-round draft pick from Alabama recorded 72 tackles.