The receiver, acquired in a trade with Kansas City last summer for fellow former first-round pick, A.J. Jenkins, made no impact with the 49ers, who badly needed a young receiver to emerge. He had three catches total and was not active on game days for much of the season.
As expected, Baldwin took a pay cut this week. ESPN’s Field Yates reported Baldwin’s base salary reduced from $1.4 million to $645,000, though he can earn the difference of $755,000 back in the form of incentives. Baldwin's deal includes incentives tied to receiving yards, receptions and offensive playing time.
There is no guaranteed money, so the 49ers will be free if Baldwin does not make the team. Getting out of this deal easily was one of the incentives for the trade.
If Baldwin, entering his fourth season, finally emerges, the 49ers will take it as a bonus, but they are expected to use a high pick in the draft, so Baldwin is not being counted on.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the salary cap will rise to $130 million for the season. The 49ers will have about $11 million to spend under the cap.