The San Francisco 49ers front office has done a wonderful job managing their salary cap in recent years given the success of their franchise, but no matter how impressive your financial accounting is, there comes a time when all teams find themselves crunched by the cap.
For San Francisco, that time is now.
After reworking the contracts of multiple players, San Francisco has put themselves back under the cap but their flexibility is limited and given an impending contract to franchise quarterback Colin Kaepernick knocking on the door, it’s likely going to cost the 49ers one (or more) of their high quality players.
Last season, the 49ers had behind-closed-doors conversations about the futures of guard Alex Boone and Mike Iupati. The 49ers will likely have to make an either/or decision when it comes to their guards. And the 49ers seemed to prepare for that day with the third-round draft selections of center-guard Marcus Martin and guard Brandon Thomas.
With potential replacements already on the roster, San Francisco is doing what it can to lessen the blow but it sounds more and more likely the 49ers will be without one of their star guards in the near future.
Boone is currently sitting out OTA’s, allegedly because he’s wanting a new contract. He’s been joined by tight end Vernon Davis, who also is wanting a new deal despite being the third highest paid tight end in the NFL.