The San Francisco 49ers used the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson, which I thought they would. So the question now is will the Niners look to resign cornerback Carlos Rogers or let him test free agency? Rogers is the lasts starter from lasts years amazing defense how is not under contract and with QB Alex Smith looking for a contract as well, looks as if Rogers might be leaving the Niners. I’ll be honest it does puzzles me a bit that the Niners sign LB Ahmad Brooks to a six year deal, a player who does not play every down. The Niner defense was excellent forcing third and longs throughout the season, prompting the Niners to go with their nickel package on third down. The backers in the nickel scheme would be Patrick Willis, NaVarro Bowman, and Aldon Smith; Brooks was not included. On the other hand, Rogers was on the defense every down and making big plays in the process. Why Brooks over Rogers thus far?
I thought for sure Brooks would be the one moving on from the Niner organizing with the emergence of Aldon Smith. Smith was the Niners first round draft pick in last year’s NFL draft and was only used as a pass rush specialist throughout the season, which he excelled at. Losing Brooks would have meant Aldon will have to step up and be an every down linebacker for the following season. Something that I believe Aldon would not mind.
Obviously the Niners organizing did not want it that way. Looks like the Niners want to keep their front seven intact and with depth. Not having Aldon as an every down linebacker means he will be fresh whenever he has to come in and rush the quarterback. Coming off a great rookie season, I can only imagine how good he is going to be next season.
On the flip side we cannot forget the importance of Carlos Rogers. The spread is becoming a popular formation for teams around the league. Wide receivers are a must in that offense and tight ends are becoming a weapon more than ever before. With the abundance of pass catchers, defensive backs are a necessity in the defense.
Carlos proved this season he can cover some of the best receivers the league has to offer. Here is a list of the quarterbacks he picked off during lasts season: Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick, and Eli Manning twice to name a few. All those quarterbacks had quality receivers on their respected teams. Maybe I am getting ahead of myself, but seeing Carlos leave is going to sting a bit.
Hopefully everything works out. If Carlos indeed leaves the Niners, expect the Niners to draft a cornerback within the first three rounds of the draft or find another corner in free agency. I am constantly reminded with a strong four man pass rush, defensive backs have a much easier job. Meaning it will not make a difference whoever is playing corner for the Niners defense. Only time will tell. GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please leave comments. Who would you have choosen, Ahmad or Carlos?