The 2012 NFL league year officially kicks off in less than a week on March 13 when free agency officially opens. Teams will be looking to re-sign their own players until that day but some top-tier players will inevitably get away and play for other teams in the upcoming season. Pete Prisco recently published his top-30 free agents heading into the big day and on that list were two potentially former San Francisco 49ers.
The first 49er on the list is cornerback Carlos Rogers, who came in at No. 8:
8. Carlos Rogers, CB, San Francisco 49ers -- He is the player who will benefit most from signing a one-year deal last season. His play tailed off late and his age (30) is a concern.
The second on the list is quarterback Alex Smith, who comes in at No. 18:
18. Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco -- It's almost a given he's going back to San Francisco. He is coming off his best season with 17 touchdown passes and five interceptions.
The Niners will definitely look to re-sign Smith, who helped lead them to the NFC Championship game as well as surround him with more weapons, however, Rogers may be finding a new home in the next few weeks.