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Carlos Rogers could be on the pay-cut or be-cut bubble

NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks

during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Tom Pennington

The 49ers have some salary cap room at the moment, but not as much as they’ll need.

So it only makes sense that they’ll go back to the well with Carlos Rogers again.

According to Matt Maiocco of, Rogers is on the books as the highest-paid 49ers player for 2014, with $6.6 million coming his way in salary and bonuses, and an $8.09 million salary cap number.

They asked him to take a pay cut a year ago but he declined, and only maintained leverage when cornerback Chris Culliver suffered a torn ACL in the preseason.

The 32-year-old went on to play more defensive snaps than any player on their roster in the regular season. They could clear $3.6 million in cap room by releasing him, which might be necessary with five unsigned starters (plus kicker Phil Dawson) and a quarterback who’ll need an extension at some point.

Since they asked last year, it’s hard to imagine they wouldn’t again, but Rogers might not have the same bargaining position as a year ago.