With the offseason underway, the 49ers may cut players who simply aren't needed. Despite the large amount of salary cap space, GM John Lynch may decide to make some personnel changes. Jimmy Garoppolo's potential long-term deal could tighten the current projected cap space amount of approximately $115 million.
Host Cam Rogers goes through 8 possibilities for who could get cut from the team:
-Safety Jimmie Ward: he'd provide $8.5 million in cap savings with no dead money.
-Offensive Lineman Zane Beadles: he has steadily dropped off since his solid 2013 season. He'd create $3.5 million in cap relief.
-Defensive Lineman Elvis Dumervil: he's simply getting older, and Tank Carradine or Aaron Lynch could come into the fold more.
-Defensive Lineman Earl Mitchell: he was outmatched by DeForest Buckner this past season, but could still provide depth.
-Wide Receiver Aldrick Robinson: if the 49ers sign a couple wide receiver free agents, there may not be room for Robinson.
-Tight End Garrett Celek: it'd be a surprise if the 49ers cut him, but he'd provide $975,000 in savings.
-Safety Don Jones: primarily a special teamer, Jones tore his ACL in September, and the 49ers may not want to roll the dice with him.
-Fullback Malcolm Johnson: signed a futures contract with the team, but Kyle Juszczyk is all the 49ers may need at fullback.