I hate to say it, but I think it is time to cut ties with San Francisco 49ers CB’s Carlos Rogers and Tramaine Brock. Both players have been liabilities in pass protection, and are clearly the weakest link. Although, second year reserve CB Chris Culliver has struggled this year, his inexpensive rookie contract makes him a valuable asset. The same can not be said of either Rogers or Brock.
Rogers, who enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2011, had more than his fair share of mishaps in 2012, and is clearly not the same player after signing that lucrative 4 year/$31.3 million contract. Rogers’ inability to high point the ball and stick with receivers 10-15 yards downfield, has been disappointing to say the least. Rogers is scheduled to make $5.5 million next season, including a $1.475 million signing bonus. Should GM Trent Baalke release Rogers, the 49ers would relieve themselves of the burden of over-paying for a high-priced cornerback, in the last stages of his career.
Rogers contract is back-loaded, meaning the majority of his money is due toward the end of the contract. By releasing him now, the Niners would avoid a cap hit of $7.3 million. Furthermore, it would break the obligation of having to honor the base salary over the course of the next three years, which amasses to $19 million, a huge consolation prize considering they only need to pay Rogers his signing bonus of $4.43 million. So you can see why this makes sense financially.
In addition, the next casualty should be Tramaine Brock. Brock has developed nicely into a solid special teams player but nothing more. His liability exposure on passing downs prompted DC Vic Fangio to demote Brock in favor of FS Darcel McBath. Brock’s contract expired at the end of this season, and keeping him on the roster would be a surprise.
With the 49ers being able to clear up some cap space, while bringing in new talent through the draft, will make 2013 a year to remember. Although I like Rogers, he has clearly been underperforming, and unless he takes a significant pay-cut, it is better to cut ties now.