49ers Mailbag: Who's in line for extension?


49ers Mailbag: Who's in line for extension?

Q: Whichhow many impending FA's could get extensions this season, keeping the cap in mind? (Tre Faaborg)
Safety Dashon Goldson is not an option. Because the 49ers and Goldson did not work out a deal by Monday's deadline, he is ineligible to sign anything but a one-year deal until after the final regular-season game.I don't think it's anywhere near a given that the 49ers would sign anyone to an extension during the season. The club has 3.395 million in cap room. I'm sure they'll want to hold onto most of that money as insurance and carry it over to next year's cap.The 49ers' top scheduled free agent is nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, who enters the final year of the five-year, 20 million deal he signed in 2008.Backup tight end Delanie Walker is also a player the 49ers want back at the right price, but he might wish to escape the shadow of Vernon Davis to find a team that might offer him more prominence as a pass-catcher.If cornerback Tramaine Brock makes the team and finds a role, he would probably be the top possibility to get an extension during the season.All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman's rookie deal is set to expire after the 2013 season. Obviously, he is grossly underpaid from his rookie deal of four years, 2.6 million. This will be a difficult contract for the 49ers because Bowman seems to be entering Patrick Willis-territory.Yes, the 49ers might believe they can get him a little on the cheap now, but Bowman could get a huge deal in two seasons on the open market. Of course, he also is a candidate for the 49ers to tag as a franchise player if the sides fail to reach a long-term solution in the next couple of years.
Here is the contract status of each player the 49ers currently have under contract:Signed through 2012
CB Tramaine Brock (RFA)
RB Rock Cartwright
NT Ricky Jean Francois
S Dashon Goldson
LB Tavares Gooden
WR Ted Ginn
LB Larry Grant
RB Brandon Jacobs
WR Randy Moss
NT Isaac Sopoaga
WR Brett Swain
TE Delanie WalkerSigned through 2013
K David Akers
LB NaVorro Bowman
CB Tarell Brown
TE Nate Byham
CB Perrish Cox (RFA)
RB Anthony Dixon
DT Demarcus Dobbs (RFA)
C Jonathan Goodwin
LB Parys Haralson
WR Joe Hastings
QB Josh Johnson
WR Mario Manningham
DE Justin Smith
QB Scott Tolzien (RFA)
DT Will Tukuafu
S Donte Whitner
DT Ian Williams (RFA)
WR Kyle WilliamsSigned through 2014
RB Frank Gore
WR Michael Crabtree
CB Chris Culliver
OT Anthony Davis
CB Curtis Holcomb
RB Kendall Hunter
G Mike Iupati
LS Brian Jennings
DB Colin Jones
QB Colin Kaepernick
OL Daniel Kilgore
FB Bruce Miller
OL Mike Person
OLB Aldon Smith
QB Alex Smith
DB C.J. SpillmanSigned through 2015
OT Alex Boone
TE Vernon Davis
LB Darius Fleming
RB LaMichael James
WR A.J. Jenkins
LB Cam Johnson
G Joe Looney
DE Ray McDonald
S Trenton Robinson
CB Carlos Rogers
OL Jason SloweySigned through 2016
LB Patrick WillisSigned through 2017
LB Ahmad Brooks
OT Joe StaleySigned through 2017
OLB Ahmad Brooks
P Andy LeeAll players listed above are unrestricted free agents at expiration of their contract, except where otherwise noted. All undrafted free agents signed three-year contracts, and other street free agents signed two-year deals. Q: Please explain what is meant by the term "guaranteed." Does guaranteed mean unconditionally guaranteed, conditionally guaranteed or a combination of both conditions? (Mark Walsh)
In my world, guaranteed means guaranteed. But in recent years, that meaning has become a lot more hazy when it comes to NFL contracts.Each contract can be different. Typically, a signing bonus is fully guaranteed (unless the player does something out of the ordinary to prompt the team to reclaim a portion of it). And when a high-profile player signs a multi-year deal, the first year or two of base salaries might also be guaranteed.Most contracts now can contain guarantees for skill, cap or injury. Some of these deals use the term "total guarantee" even though some of that money is not guaranteed at all.For instance, Alex Smith's three-year contract with the 49ers contains 15.5 million in "total guarantees." But the final 7.5 million becomes guaranteed only if he remains on the 49ers' roster on April 1, 2013. So, really, that money right now is not guaranteed.Only 1 million of Smith's second-year money is guaranteed for skill or cap. That is, if the 49ers decide to part ways with Smith prior to April 1 because his skills have diminished or it's deemed a salary-cap move, he'll still receive 1 million.So, actually, Smith's real guaranteed money on the three-year contract he signed with the 49ers on March 21 is 9 million. Q: Can you explain a little on how dead money works. When the 53-man roster is named, anyone cut may add to our dead money total. This could potentially put a team over the cap. How would the league handle a situation like that? (ModestoMatt)For cap purposes, the signing bonus is spread out over the life of a deal. For instance, if a player signs a two-year contract with a 200,000 signing bonus, just add 100,000 both seasons to his base salary and that's his cap figure. If a player is cut before his second season, that remaining 100,000 of "dead money" still counts against the team's cap in the second year.After June 1, any player cut will have his remaining proration accelerate to the following season. So a team's dead money for that particular season cannot increase with final cuts. Q: Can you explain the situation we have with Darius Fleming?
Fifth-round draft pick Darius Fleming underwent surgery this offseason to repair a torn ACL. The 49ers will place him on active PUP (physically unable to perform) at the beginning of training camp. If they were to place him immediately on injured reserve, they'd have to waive him and take the risk of losing him to another team. So the 49ers will place him on PUP and he'll count against the roster limit.At the final cuts, the 49ers can place him on injured reserve (or keep him on PUP to begin the season). Either way, he would no longer count against the 53-player limit.Terms of Fleming's contract call for him to make 390,000 this season in base salary if he remains on the roster. If he spends the season on injured reserve, his split salary of 273,000 kicks in.

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.