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49ers have third-highest amount of salary cap rollover money for 2019

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49ers have third-highest amount of salary cap rollover money for 2019

The NFLPA reported the cap space rollover amount for every team headed into the 2019 season, and it looks like the 49ers will have money to burn.

Among all NFL teams, San Francisco has the third-highest amount of money rolling over, with a little over $35 million. 

Only the Browns ($56.5 million) and the Colts ($49.1 million) will roll over more money than the 49ers. The Rams had the lowest amount, with only $466,567. 

Having a high amount of money to roll over could be seen as a team being cheap, or it could be that the team is being smart and planning ahead. 

The 49ers spent more money in 2018 than they did last year, when they had $56 million of rollover money. Only the Browns rolled over more money into 2018, with almost $59 million dollars. 

John Lynch and Co. have a lot of room to potentially acquire notable free agents that will be available in the coming months, such as edge rusher DeMarcus Lawrence and safety Earl Thomas. 

They are also one of the teams that has enough cap room to acquire wide receiver Antonio Brown via trade, if they chose to. It seems unlikely, but the fact that they have the ability makes it a very interesting scenario. Brown himself seems to be entertaining the option on his social media platforms regularly. 

[RELATED: Jerry Rice promises to mentor Antonio Brown if he comes to SF]

The 49ers could also be considering signing DeForest Buckner to an extension instead of waiting until his contract is up and the pressure to reach an agreement is higher. 

Kicker Robbie Gould is also a free agent that the team has been in talks with and hopes to re-sign.

Only time will tell how the 49ers will use their money this offseason, but at least now they know exactly how much money is at their disposal. 

Antonio Brown meets with Steelers owner, says 'it is time to move on'

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Antonio Brown meets with Steelers owner, says 'it is time to move on'

After months of airing out his feelings towards the Steelers, Antonio Brown has finally met with team owner Art Rooney II. 

Rooney wasn't the only member of Steelers management at the meeting in Florida. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and exec Omar Kahn were also in attendance, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter, and it's clear a trade is on the horizon. 

The meeting comes the morning after Brown went on Instagram and said the following: "If your team got guaranteed money, they want to get to know me and work with me, tell 'em call me. ... Call me Mr. Big Chest! Big Chest for now on. Big Chest Brown for now on! Don't even call me AB. Just call me Big Chest. Yeah, I'm Mr. Big Chest!" 

Brown also recently sent out a series of tweets, one in which he calls out Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for his "owners mentality." Even though his talent is there, Brown's social media presence has turned some teams away, reports Peter King.

Ever since his request to be dealt, Brown has found himself at the center of trade rumors this offseason. And it all started with 49ers tight end George Kittle recruiting the star wide receiver on Twitter. 

It didn't stop there with the 49ers, too. Brown has made his desire to wear red and gold clear, and he's even posted a picture of himself in a Photoshopped 49ers jersey on Instagram. He's even become close with Jerry Rice, and the 49ers legend has vowed to mentor him if he's traded to San Francisco. 

[RELATED: Odell Beckham Jr. or Antonio Brown? 49ers have need, and decision to make]

Last week, Brown was found guilty of reckless driving in a Pennsylvania court and did not attend his hearing. The 31-year-old is also being sued in Florida for throwing furniture off of a 14th-floor balcony, and nearly hitting a toddler and his grandfather. 

The future seems inevitable. Brown's time in Pittsburgh has virtually come to an end, but his new home is still a mystery.

Odell Beckham Jr. or Antonio Brown? 49ers have need, and decision to make

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Odell Beckham Jr. or Antonio Brown? 49ers have need, and decision to make

The 49ers have an obvious need at wide receiver, and that was before they decided to move on from Pierre Garcon last week.

There's been an abundance of reports regarding current Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown's displeasure with the Steelers, as well as his potential fit with the 49ers, and their publicly professed appreciation for his talents.

Still, Brown can't seem to stay out of the news these days, and usually for the wrong reasons. It's unclear if that would make him less attractive to San Francisco, or more, in that his trade price could theoretically drop further.

If the 49ers are intent on acquiring a star receiver this offseason, they aren't necessarily limited to Brown. In fact, a pairing with the Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. -- who, at 26 years old, is considerably younger than Brown -- could make more sense for San Francisco, and be less messy.

According to a report from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the 49ers remain interested in acquiring the Giants' dynamic receiver. And, New York may be more willing to listen to offers now than they have been in the past.

"The 49ers have had real interest in Beckham for nearly a year," Florio writes. "The only question is whether the Giants are willing to pull the trigger. As reflected by last week’s bold offseason prediction from Jay Glazer, the Giants may indeed be ready to do so."

So, what would it cost San Francisco in a trade for Beckham Jr.? The 49ers hold the second and 36th overall picks in the upcoming NFL draft, but Florio insists some additional compensation would likely be headed back to San Francisco if they gave up their top overall selection.

[RELATED: Who Mel Kiper Jr. has 49ers, Raiders picking in first round]

"The No. 2 overall selection would seemingly be a high price to pay, possibly requiring the Giants to send maybe a third- or fourth-round pick back to the 49ers to balance it all out."

If the 49ers choose not to throw their chips in on either Brown or Beckham Jr., they face the possibility of a direct competitor acquiring one of the best pass-catchers in the league. In a way, San Francisco adding either of them could also be seen as 'playing defense' in roster construction.

For instance, Florio mentions that the Los Angeles Rams had interest in trading for Beckham Jr. last year, but instead opted to acquire Brandin Cooks.

"But if the Rams want to make a big splash in 2019," he continues, "they could (in theory) dangle someone like receiver Robert Woods to the Giants as part of the package."

The Rams, of course, lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The talent gap between Los Angeles and San Francisco isn't as wide as it seems, but it would surely get wider if the Rams added the kind of dynamic receiver the 49ers so desperately need.

Ultimately, the 49ers have to decide what makes sense for them. They clearly need to upgrade the receiver position, and with both Brown and Beckham Jr. seemingly available for trade, the opportunity is there, should they choose to pursue it.

It can't hurt San Francisco to have multiple options. But you could make the argument that the only option the 49ers don't have in this situation is to miss out on this opportunity entirely.