49ers vs. Seahawks: Does Carlos Rogers playing nickel mean he'll be released this offseason?

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers will come off the bench as a nickel corner on Sunday. Is that the first sign of his exit this offseason?

Carlos Rogers has had an ... interesting career with the San Francisco 49ers. Known widely throughout the league as a player who can't hang onto the ball to save his life, Rogers came to the 49ers with little fanfare. So it was a beautiful thing to watch Twitter explode with excitement when he actually, you know, started to snag interceptions.

But Rogers never matched that first year of strong play. Last year, I think he was better than most give him credit for, too. He struggled with some of the speedier, quick-twitch receivers, but when he was given the good matchups, he covered as well as any corner the 49ers have had in awhile ... which I guess isn't exactly glowing praise.

Tarell Brown was the top dog last year, and he's been consistent all of this year. Brown makes some very good plays, which is why he has a starting job right now and for the foreseeable future. Rogers, on the other hand, seems to have lost ground to Tramaine Brock, a player I was not fond of for years but who has soundly proven me wrong. I'm now pretty much his biggest fan.

Don't even try and dispute that.

On top of that, Rogers has been dealing with a hamstring injury. One has to wonder if it's the injury that's forcing him to come on as a nickel corner in Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, or if it's the play from Brock and Brown. Then again, maybe it's ... Rogers' play.

Whatever the case, I'm eager to hear what people think of Rogers at this point. I suppose I'm a noted Rogers apologist because I've been defending him for much of the season, but even I am a little fed up of the one big mistake per game he has. It's always costly and it's almost cost the 49ers a couple wins. That's never a good thing.

Is Rogers coming off the bench because he's injured, or is it because of his lacking play? Is it some combination of everything that's happened? Do you think he'll get his job back next season, or will he be released as to avoid his $6.25 million salary in 2014-15? Is that too much to pay for a nickel corner? Question mark?!

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