- Pelissero specifically mentions that this isn’t a contract extension.
San Francisco had close to $9.5 million in available cap space as of today, according the NFL Players Association.
The fact that the 49ers continue to free up additional cap space could be an indication that a new contract could be coming for some of their players. Michael Crabtree is entering the final year of his rookie contract and G Alex Boone is currently holding out for a new deal.
McDonald, 29, was entering the fourth year of his five-year, $20 million contract that included $7 million guaranteed. He was set to make $3.5 million for the 2014 season and another $4.1 million in 2015.
Last year, McDonald appeared in 14 games and recorded 37 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and a pass defensed. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 22 defensive end in a 3-4 system last season.