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March 12, 2007
Salary-cap hell

Question: Hey Matt, do you think it is possible for us to sign Jerry Porter? I think he would be great. Do you think we could have gotten Clements for less, maybe somewhere around the $6 million range a year or so? It seems like we overpaid and are back on the track to salary-cap hell.

Tabrez, Elk Grove.

Answer: I think Jerry Porter is just the type of big, physical receiver the 49ers would love to have, but I don't think the Raiders want to trade him. As far as descending back into salary-cap hell, the 49ers have learned their lesson. Remember that they went into free agency with almost $38 million in cap space. They took advantage of that cushion by signing players to big contracts that pay the players up front. That is, if those players get cut or get injured years down the road, the 49ers won't have any massive roster bonuses hanging over their heads.

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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