The San Francisco 49ers addressed their cornerback depth issues late Tuesday night as they came to terms with Carlos Rogers on a one year contract. The 49ers entered the day with some talent at cornerback but little depth. Carlos Rogers is not necessarily the be-all, end-all answer but he provides another solid option for the secondary. The team boosted its pass rush in April with the drafting of Aldon Smith and now boosts a somewhat depleted secondary with the veteran Rogers.
I haven't watched a whole lot of Redskins football in recent years so my knowledge of Rogers is limited to the scouting reports I can find out there. Football's Future had these comments about him in their cornerback rundown:
Rogers has been a solid press-man cover corner for years now and consequently should be in demand this offseason. Though his hands are downright bad, he doesn't get the credit he deserves in limiting opposing receivers-a corner's primary job. The Skins have come to peace with the idea of letting Rogers walk, which means any team that isn't rich enough for the Scrabble sweepstakes will have a decent target of their own.
I have read a lot that say his hands are pretty abysmal. Of course, I thought I'd read somewhere about how wide receivers with bad hands become cornerbacks. So there you go. At the very least it provides some solid competition options in the secondary with Shawntae Spencer, Tarell Brown, Phillip Adams, and Chris Culliver.
The team's patient approach to free agency seems to be slowly paying some dividends. I know it's been frustrating at times, but this deliberate process might not be the worst idea in the world. I think a significant factor in this process has been a combination of the lockout and having a new coaching staff. The evaluation period is all screwed up and the team is slowly figuring out who fits the scheme best. Maybe it's not quite the end of the world as we know it.