Last week, Sacramento Bee beat writer Matt Barrows put together a look at the San Francisco 49ers' cornerback position, in which he broke down the current players and what the depth chart looked like moving forward. The most interesting part of the article was his discussion of some comments Carlos Rogers made to the Bee earlier in the month.
Last year, the 49ers asked Rogers to take a pay cut, or risk getting released if someone else emerged in training camp. Rogers rolled the dice, and with Chris Culliver's injury, it became apparent he was not going anywhere. This year, Rogers would have a salary cap hit of $8,094,531, and naturally he expects the team to come to him about re-doing his deal.
"Last year, we just felt that, you know, looking at the corners out there and looking at the average of what they were being paid and asked, 'Am I an average corner? Am I above average? And what's the market for a corner?' If you feel you can go somewhere else and at least make average, why not try and go somewhere else and at least make average?"
When asked about this year, he said:
"The last three years, I played the most snaps on this whole team, period," he said. "Why would I take less? That was our approach last year. This year? It may be something different. I know the average for a cornerback - the average - is still high."
As the 49ers head into this offseason with some cap question marks, I see no way Rogers is back with the team without making some kind of change to his contract. If the team released him, they could save a little over $5 million. He is currently signed through 2015, and the team has depth questions at cornerback. He brings leadership to the secondary, but he also was generally solid in the slot.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the month and a half. Thankfully there will be some kind of resolution within the six weeks or so. I think Rogers ends up taking the release and going elsewhere, but maybe the two sides figure something out.
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