The 49ers head into the free-agent signing period with more than $60 million in cap space.
The 49ers’ salary cap was adjusted to $176.58 million, the NFL Players Association announced on Monday. That number includes the league-wide $155.27 salary cap, plus the 49ers’ $12.2 million carryover from last year and an adjustment of $9.1 million.
The adjustment comes from unclaimed bonus money that counted against last year’s cap. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not claim $875,000 in per-game roster bonuses due to seven games on injured reserve. Safety Antoine Bethea missed out on $225,000 in per game roster bonuses.
The 49ers’ top 51 players account for $114.17 million in salary cap space for the 2016 season, according to overthecap.com, leaving the team with $62.41 million in cap space entering the new league year.
Beginning on Wednesday with the new league year until the final cuts before the start of training camp, only each team’s top-51 players count against the cap.
With their adjusted cap of $176.58 million, the 49ers have the third-highest cap in the league behind Jacksonville ($190.3 million) and Cleveland ($176.7 million).