The San Francisco 49ers promise to be active once free agency starts next week. Heck, the team has already handed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo the richest deal in NFL history while re-signing multiple valuable contributors prior to free agency.
In the first of what will likely be many moves to save even more cap space, San Francisco announced on Friday that it has released former Pro Bowl pass rusher Elvis Dumervil.
After signing a two-year, $8 million deal with the 49ers last spring, the 34-year-old Dumervil led the team in sacks with 6.5 this past season. He was set to earn a $500,000 roster bonus on Tuesday. The move frees up $3.8 million in cap room for a 49ers team that has a bundle of cash to work with in free agency.
It also means that San Francisco is going to be squarely in the market for a pass rusher in free agency. Of the players set to return to the team next season, DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas recorded the most sacks with three each in 2017.