The 49ers are ready for the official start of free agency.
With a deadline of 1:00 p.m. looming to get under the salary cap, San Francisco restructured the contracts of Arik Armstead and George Kittle. These moves saved the 49ers $18.756 million in cap space for 2022.
San Francisco now has roughly $9 million in cap space to work with once the tenders to their exclusive and restricted free agents become official. These savings will go towards the new contracts of free-agent acquisitions Charvarius Ward and Oren Burks.
The 49ers still have additional moves to make. Jimmie Ward and Emmanuel Moseley are entering the final year of their current contracts. Ward has a cap hit of $12.94 million, Moseley is $6.56 million. If both players are in the long-term plans of San Francisco, it makes sense to get new deals in place now to lower their cap hit for 2022.
That leads us to the contract of the player most 49ers fans are talking about, James Garoppolo.
A week ago, it appeared Garoppolo would be traded by the 1:00 deadline. The moves above have provided San Francisco extra time to get the deal they want in return for the quarterback.
To this point, none of the losses suffered by the 49ers in free agency have been due to Garoppolo’s contract still being on the books. They were not going to give Laken Tomlinson $13 million or D.J. Jones $10 million; this is not how they do business.
Time is starting to run out on San Francisco, however. They will need to make a move on Garoppolo soon to make any additional signings.
Over the last year, people have been screaming about Garoppolo. Instead of listening, the 49ers have continued to work their plan. This blueprint led San Francisco to the doorstep of its second Super Bowl trip in three seasons, and they keep working it.