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49ers signing CFL WR Eric Rogers to two-year deal $450,000, $540,000 salaries $200K in bonuses, $100K guaranteed salary in first year— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 20, 2016
The San Francisco 49ers are busy introducing Chip Kelly as their new head coach, but there is other business the team is handling. Two months ago, the team worked out CFL wide receiver Eric Rogers during his month-long tour of NFL teams, and it appears they are getting close to signing him. Calgary Sun reporter Scott Mitchell is reporting the two sides are close to a contract. Adam Schefter recently followed up that a deal was done. Rogers also worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles during his tour of the NFL this winter.
Rogers put up big numbers this past season for the Calgary Stampeders. He led the league with 1,448 receiving yards, was fourth with 87 receptions, and tied for the league lead with 10 receiving touchdowns. Rogers originally attended California Lutheran, and signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 as an undrafted free agent. He did not catch on with them, and subsequently played for the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League, and then spent two seasons with the Stampeders.
The 49ers have plenty of questions at wide receiver. Anquan Boldin is a free agent, and Torrey Smith was wildly under-utilized this past season. Quinton Patton is looking like no more than a third or fourth receiver at best. Bruce Ellington did not get a ton of opportunities last season, DeAndre Smelter remains a question mark coming back from ACL surgery, DeAndrew White was inactive much of the season, and Jerome Simpson is not a long-term option. There is room for Rogers to potential make an impact.
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