Quarterback Josh Johnson’s contract to rejoin the 49ers and compete for a roster spot contains no guaranteed money and has virtually no impact on the team’s salary cap.
Johnson last week signed a one-year, $730,000 contract, according to a source. Due to the minimum salary benefit, Johnson counts just $570,000 against the 49ers’ salary cap.
Because only the Top-51 players count against the salary cap in the offseason, Johnson’s deal is not high enough to lower the 49ers’ amount of available cap space.
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The 49ers have the second-least amount of cap space ($487,553) in the league, according to the NFL Players Association, behind the Pittsburgh Steelers ($293,437). The league average is $10.49 million under the cap.