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The 49ers tendered restricted free agent defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs at $1.431 million for the 2014 season, a source confirmed Friday.
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Dobbs played 28 percent of the team's defensive snaps and was also a large contributor on special teams. He earned $555,000 last season. His salary for the upcoming season is not guaranteed, and he figures to be in a battle to earn a roster spot on a crowded 49ers defensive line. The 49ers were not expected to tender Dobbs, but it's likely the $10 million increase in the salary cap prompted the 49ers to make the move.
Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Glenn Dorsey, Ian Williams, Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial and Tony Jerod-Eddie are also under contract. The 49ers kept six defensive linemen on their roster last season.
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As a restricted free agent, the 49ers would have the right of first refusal if Dobbs signs with another team. They would receive no compensation if they chose not to match an offer sheet.
The 49ers did not tender cornerback Perrish Cox or fullback Will Tukuafu, also a restricted free agent. (Tukuafu was listed as a free agent in NFLPA paperwork, but he signed a two-year deal late in the season. The clerical error is being corrected.) The club placed an exclusive-rights tender on linebacker Michael Wilhoite at $570,000. Wilhoite, who is expected to compete for the starting position with NaVorro Bowman expected to miss time early in the season due to his knee injury, does not have any outside negotiating power.
The 49ers are more than $10 million under the salary cap with the opening of free agency scheduled for Tuesday.