The 49ers helped themselves out saving as much cap as possible for the long term by restructuring NaVorro Bowman's contract on Thursday morning.
As first reported by Aaron Wilson, Bowman was able to reduce his base salary in 2014 from $4 million to the league minimum of $730,000. They converted his $3.27 million base salary difference into a signing bonus, which will save the team $2.616 million in cap space for the 2014 season. Bowman's initial cap figure for 2014 was $7.05 million, but it has been reduced to $4.434 million.
This restructuring creates about $6.6 million in cap space on June 1 when Carlos Rogers' contract will be gone. It will help sign all 12 draft picks from the 49ers 2014 NFL Draft, where five players remain unsigned.
Bowman has the longest contract of any defensive player on the 49ers as he signed a long-term contract through the 2018 NFL season back in 2012.
Here are Bowman's base salaries and cap figures for the remainder of his contract:
2014: $730,000 base salary, $4.434 million salary cap figure.
2015: $4.7 million base salary, $8.604 million salary cap figure.
2016: $5.85 million base salary, $9.554 million salary cap figure.
2017: $6.75 million base salary, $8.954 million salary cap figure.
2018: $8.7 million base salary, $10.104 million salary cap figure.