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  • Originally posted by flave1969 View Post
    Look lets not kid ourselves here.

    Its the signing bonus thats the killer here.

    If it is pro rated over six years then that is $3.66 million a year. The guy who quoted $7.25 a year infers that he will average $3.59 million in base salary a year.

    Now if I see a contract on paper that has a straight $3.59 base salary every year fine. But any of us that study this knows that contracts are almost always backloaded these days and that means it may be low to start with but will escalate quickly.

    Dont be surprised if you see potential cap hits of between 9-10 milion or more in years 4,5 and 6 of the contract and that can cause real problems. I have seen it with the Redskins time and again.

    If the Niners need to negotiate with Clements say in year 3 or 4, Clements is in an amazingly strong position. You cant cut him because you will see a dead cap hit of between 11-14 million, and if you want to keep him you have to inevitably give him more guaranteed money.

    Signing bonuses are the real problem here and his is about 6-8 million to large IMO.
    So basically what you're saying is that they're screwed if they have to restructure his contract in years 3-6, and I would have to agree, especially if they have to do it to resign key players whose rookie contracts are expiring (Smith, Gore, their young offensive line).

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    • Originally posted by yourfavestoner View Post
      So basically what you're saying is that they're screwed if they have to restructure his contract in years 3-6, and I would have to agree, especially if they have to do it to resign key players whose rookie contracts are expiring (Smith, Gore, their young offensive line).

      The 49ers still have about 23-26 mil of cap room for this year. The cap goes up next year as well, and larry allen's and bryant young's contracts both go off the books next season, clearing 9 mil on top of the 7 mil its going up. They should be fine and i think could support another big contract if it is well structured like the clements deal.

      And ill agree, the guaranteed money was about 7 mil more than my liking. But you have to overpay for players in FA, otherwise you dont get them. I hope the reward outweighs the risk.

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      • Originally posted by 49ersfan_87 View Post
        The 49ers still have about 23-26 mil of cap room for this year. The cap goes up next year as well, and larry allen's and bryant young's contracts both go off the books next season, clearing 9 mil on top of the 7 mil its going up. They should be fine and i think could support another big contract if it is well structured like the clements deal.

        And ill agree, the guaranteed money was about 7 mil more than my liking. But you have to overpay for players in FA, otherwise you dont get them. I hope the reward outweighs the risk.

        It may well do, Clements is a decent player and could lock down the position for a few years.

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