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49ers projected $60M in salary cap space with free agency a month away

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49ers projected $60M in salary cap space with free agency a month away

The 49ers are projected to have the seventh-most salary-cap space in the NFL at the beginning of the free-agent signing period on March 13.

The contract and salary-cap crunching website, OverTheCap.com, lists the 49ers with $60 million in space after the NFL Players Association reported the club rolled over $35 million in unspent cap money from 2018.

The 49ers last month informed veteran nose tackle Earl Mitchell they will not pick up the option on his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent next month. That move will create another $2.95 million in cap savings this year.

The 49ers can create additional space if they choose not to pick up the 2019 contracts for such players as wide receiver Pierre Garçon ($1.075 million savings) and linebacker Malcolm Smith ($1.25 million).

“All of these scenarios, we’re always looking forward and doing a lot of planning,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said last month at the Senior Bowl.

Backup offensive tackle Garry Gilliam and edge rusher Cassius Marsh also are on the books for $5 million and $4.2 million, respectively.

The Indianapolis Colts are projected to have $105 million at the start of free agency, according to OverTheCap.com, followed by the New York Jets ($95 million), Cleveland Browns ($80 million), Buffalo Bills ($79 million), Oakland Raiders ($71 million), Houston Texans ($64 million), the 49ers ($60 million), Seattle Seahawks ($51 million), Cincinnati Bengals ($50 million) and Arizona Cardinals ($47 million).

The following are the 2019 salary-cap figures for the 49ers’ top-paid players, via OverTheCap.com and the NFL Players Association:

Quarterback
Jimmy Garoppolo $19.35 million
C.J. Beathard $962,358
Nick Mullens $570,000

Running back
Jerick McKinnon $6 million
Kyle Juszczyk $5.95 million
Matt Breida $646,668
Matt Dayes $645,000

Wide receiver
Pierre Garçon $8.275 million
Marquise Goodwin $4.125 million
Dante Pettis $1.45 million
Trent Taylor $695,487
Kendrick Bourne $646,668
Richie James $589,143

Tight end
Garrett Celek $2.725
George Kittle $719,574

Offensive line
Joe Staley $10.95 million
Weston Richburg $7.86 million
Garry Gilliam $5.05 million
Mike McGlinchey $4.17 million
Laken Tomlinson $3.75 million
Joshua Garnett $2.96 million
Shon Coleman $2 million
Erik Magnuson $646,334

Defensive line
Arik Armstead $9.05 million*
Solomon Thomas $7.68 million
DeForest Buckner $5.79 million
Cassius Marsh $4.2 million
(Earl Mitchell $1.5 million)
Ronald Blair $787,601
Sheldon Day $720,000
D.J. Jones $681,967
Kentavius Street $647,500
Julian Taylor $594,511
Ryan Delaire $645,000
*Fifth-year option becomes fully guaranteed on March 13

Linebacker
Malcolm Smith $5.45 million
Brock Coyle $3.2 million
Dekoda Watson $1.88 million
Fred Warner $915,684
Pita Taumoepenu $645,000
James Onwualu $645,000

Defensive back
Richard Sherman $9.8 million
Jaquiski Tartt $4.85 million
K’Waun Williams $2.6 million
Ahkello Witherspoon $1.06 million
Tarvarius Moore $799,093
Adrian Colbert $666,200
D.J. Reed $647,843
Marcell Harris $611,575

Specialist
Colin Holba $645,000
(All others under contract but not listed have cap figures of 2019 for $570,000 or less.)

Free agents
K Robbie Gould
DB Jimmie Ward
OG Mike Person
P Bradley Pinion
LB Mark Nzeocha
RB Alfred Morris
DB Antone Exum
RB Raheem Mostert (restricted)
LB Elijah Lee (exclusive rights)

Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid resolve pending grievances against NFL

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Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid resolve pending grievances against NFL

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled their collusion grievances against the National Football League with a confidential settlement, lawyers representing both men and the NFL announced Friday in a joint statement.

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL," the statement read. "As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

Kaepernick, 31, has remained out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season. He played six seasons with the 49ers and became the center of a nationwide controversy with his decision to kneel during the playing of the national anthem as a protest against racial inequality during the 2016 season.

Reid, 27, joined Kaepernick in the protest, which began during the exhibition season in 2016. Reid continued his protest in 2017 with the 49ers and last season with the Carolina Panthers. Reid is a six-year NFL veteran who played his first five seasons with the 49ers.

While Kaepernick has not played in the NFL the past two seasons, Reid experienced a slow free-agent market last offseason before finally signing with the Panthers in late September. Reid appeared in 13 games for the Panthers and last week signed a three-year extension worth more than $21 million.

The NFL Players Association released the following statement:

"Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases. We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel. We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well."

[RELATED: AAF reportedly interested in Kaepernick]

In August, an arbitrator denied the NFL’s request to throw out the claims that owners conspired to keep Kaepernick out of the league because of his protests. The grievance was scheduled to be heard this month.

In November 2017, attorney Mark Geragos, representing Kaepernick, notified the NFL they were seeking electronic communications, including text messages and emails, of personnel from NFL teams that were linked to Kaepernick.

AAF has interest in signing Colin Kaepernick, just like the NFL should

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AAF has interest in signing Colin Kaepernick, just like the NFL should

We don't know when or if Colin Kaepernick will ever play football again.

We do know, however, that even if the NFL isn't interested in his services, someone else is.

According to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk, the Alliance of American Football recently reached out to Kaepernick to gauge his interest in playing in the new football league.

Per Williams' report, AAF co-founder Bill Polian told The Athletic that CEO Charlie Ebersol was the one to reach out to Kaepernick.

"I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing," Polian said.

The AAF is in its debut season, but one of the early critiques of the league is its lack of quality quarterbacks. In addition to Kaepernick, the AAF reportedly also reached out to former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who declined.

After news of the AAF's contact with Kaepernick broke, Barry Wilner of the Associated Press subsequently reported that Kaepernick's reasoning for declining to join the AAF was financially motivated.

According to Wilner's report, a person with knowledge of the conversation told the Associated Press that Kaepernick, "wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that had its debut last weekend." That person spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Not to question anyone's credibility, but that $20 million number is awfully hard to believe, for several reasons.

For one, it's a number that would dwarf all other salaries in the league. AAF players sign three-year contracts worth a total of $250,000.

Additionally, there is nothing in Kaepernick's past that would support the notion that he's in it for the money. Just think about all the money he's donated out of his own pockets to the numerous social causes that have undoubtedly played a major role in his shunning from the NFL.

And, finally, if the NFL was going to find a way to try to sully Kaepernick's character and land a punch in the arena of public opinion, wouldn't leaking a false claim such as that $20 million number make a lot of sense?

[RELATED: Colorado sports store closes after Nike, Kaepernick boycott]

The AAF wants Kaepernick, much like the NFL should.

But that $20 million number?

That doesn't make any sense.