During free agency in the shortened off-season the San Francisco 49ers were one of many teams mentioned during the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes. It was never reported how much the contract was worth that was offered to Asomugha. With the 49ers needing a shutdown cornerback the team likely offered a contract that was worth considering. Ultimately Asomugha signed with the Eagles and the 49ers signed Carlos Rogers. At the time Rogers looked like a consolation prize, but heading into week nine the 49ers Faithful are happy with Rogers over Asomugha.
A former top-ten draft pick by the Redskins, Rogers had up and down years in his six seasons in Washington D.C. The Redskins decided not to re-sign Rogers most likely due to the team feeling he did not live up to his ninth overall draft pick status. The 49ers signed Rogers to a one-year contract worth $5 million and told him he would need to win a starting job at cornerback. With the way Rogers has transformed the secondary and given the defense a shutdown corner, he is a bargain signing that could turn into a Pro Bowl selection.
There have been a few games Rogers had some miscues like against the Eagles and DeSean Jackson. Rogers will make mistakes but they are limited and not all game, see when he shutdown Jackson in the second half against the Eagles. Rogers came to the 49ers with six career INT’s in six seasons. Through seven games this season Rogers has three INT’s with one of them a pick six. This season Rogers has shutdown wide receivers A.J. Green, Mike Williams and Calvin Johnson holding them all to zero touchdowns.
The former Redskin was not expected to do much for the 49ers. Heading back to Washington D.C. this Sunday Rogers will be playing against the head coach that cut him and friends who are now foes. Speaking about his departure from the Redskins Rogers said,
“It was time for me to leave. I didn’t think the Redskins would re-sign me anyway. Most [all their players] come from outside. … I’m past the Redskins. I’m over them. I want to play against my friends for bragging rights.”
Rogers will get his bragging rights with the 49ers beating the Redskins on Sunday. Through his play this season he already has bragging rights over Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan who was not interested in bringing him back. Rogers will be at the top of his game Sunday to show in person to his former coach, team and Redskins fans that not re-signing him was a mistake.