2012 NFL Free Agent Predictions: Carlos Rogers will Remain with 49ers

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Defensive back Carlos Rogers #22 of the San Francisco 49ers returns the ball after interception in the first quarter before being tackled by Max Starks #78 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Have no fear, Niners' fans; Carlos Rogers will sign with the San Francisco 49ers by the time free agency is all said and done.

Over the course of the last week or so, my take on the 49ers' ability to retain Rogers has see-sawed.

After hearing the rumor that they might let Rogers test the free-agent market I was worried he would be one of the hotter names being considered by other teams.

As it turns out, Cortland Finnegan and Brandon Carr are being pursued far more eagerly than Rogers.

Finnegan is scheduled to visit the St. Louis Rams, who desperately need the help. I won't be surprised if they lay out the red carpet for him and sign him straight away.

Carr has set up a visit with the Dallas Cowboys, who have reportedly been targeting him since the Kansas City Chiefs signed Stanford Routt.

NFL Network's Michael Lombardi just Tweeted:


Hearing KC corner Brandon Carr is working towards a deal with the Cowboys, big number, might get over 7 per year

— Michael Lombardi (@michaelombardi) March 13, 2012


Finnegan (28) and Carr (25) are both younger than Rogers, who is 30. They are more likely to be offered a long-term deal than Rogers, and I'm confident Rogers will end up coming back to the 49ers after testing the market in very much the same way that Dashon Goldson did last year.

We already know that both sides value one another, but it seems like Rogers values himself more than the 49ers do.

The 49ers will stick to their guns. They won't budge from the value the've placed on Rogers, and in the end, it will pay off with a deal that is beneficial to the team.

Rogers will return in 2012, and the 49ers will have won yet another victory in the negotiating department.

Trent Baalke has proven to be a savvy negotiator, and the 49ers are looking good for the foreseeable future with him at the helm.