The 49ers restructured the contract of wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, cutting his 2014 base salary from 1.4 million to $645,000. He has the ability to earn the other $755,000 back in incentives. Baldwin has no guaranteed money due to him, so the team can still cut the wide out without any kind of a cap penalty. Baldwin, who was acquired prior to the season in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, saw very limited action in 2013 and caught three passes for 28 yards.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed Senior offensive consultant Eric Mangini will serve as tight ends coach in 2014. Reggie Davis, who filled that role the past three seasons, will move to assistant offensive line coach. Davis is replacing Tim Drevo, who left the 49ers to coach the offensive line at USC. As far as Mangini, it’s interesting to see the former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns head coach continue to move up the ladder on the San Francisco coaching staff.
The NFL salary cap will increase to $130 million dollars in 2014, which would currently put the 49ers about $11 million below the number. San Francisco faces decisions on many of their own players who are due to hit free agency, including wide receiver Anquan Boldin and safety Donte Whitner. The team now has a little more room to work with.