Report: Salary cap expected to be $5M-$6M higher than thought


As quarterback rumors run rampant, some actual NFL news dropped Sunday that could have a significant impact on the 49ers. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the salary cap is expected to be around $180 or $181 million, which is more than first expected. 

The 49ers have an extremely long list of players who are set to be restricted or unrestricted free agents this offseason. Just a few key names include Trent Williams, Richard Sherman, Kyle Juszczyk, Jaquiski Tartt, Kendrick Bourne, Jason Verrett, K'Waun Williams, Kerry Hyder Jr., Ahkello Witherspoon and many more. 

Plus, Jimmy Garoppolo's current contract has a $26.4 million cap hit. 

General manager John Lynch will have some big decisions to make. The more the merrier when it comes to the salary cap and having a little more leeway this offseason. 

When healthy, the 49ers still are set up to be contenders. But not if they can't bring back some key players.

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This team expected to be competing for a championship once again this season. Instead, they're watching from afar as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to take down Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, the same team that beat Garoppolo and the 49ers a season ago. 

Lynch and the 49ers' front office are facing a big offseason, and for more reasons than who will be under center later this year.

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