News has broken that the San Francisco 49ers will release Carlos Rogers before the official start of free agency Tuesday at Noon ET. This should come as no surprise. Releasing Rogers will save the 49ers $5.1 million this season, though it will leave them with about $1.5 million in dead money. Rogers may have been a starter the past few seasons, but he by no means is worth being the 49ers’ biggest money hit this coming season. As his effectiveness has been waning, it also comes as little surprise that the two sides could not agree on an extension—and why would Rogers want to take a pay cut?
Rogers now joins a crowded free agent field, but one that is also filled with teams desperate enough to overpay for corners. Perhaps the 49ers will take one last run at their own Tarell Brown. Chris Culliver’s return from injury will sure help, as will that earlier deal with Tramaine Brock. Other options could include Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Nolan Carroll, Champ Bailey, Brandon Browner, Asante Samuel, or perhaps someone else. Ultimately, I expect the 49ers to take a certain young man by the name of Justin Gilbert in this year’s draft, despite my desire to see a receiver taken at this spot.
As we all know, however, Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke are definitely in perfect synch on all fronts, all the time, and live happily-ever-after. All kidding aside, I expect they know what they’re doing. Let’s just hope it worked out as well as Eric Reid.