After a lack of big name cornerbacks heading to Oakland during the first wave of free agency many wondered what general manager Reggie McKenzie was going to do to bolster the Raiders depth at defensive back with the big names bolting for big money elsewhere.
With former Niners corner Tarell Brown already headed across the Bay the Raiders would make their next veteran acquisition on Monday signing fellow San Francisco corner Carlos Rogers to a one year deal to unite the free agent departures of the 49ers in Oakland.
From Raiders.com’s official press release:
The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Carlos Rogers, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Monday.
The nine-year veteran joins fellow defensive back Tarell Brown as former members of the San Francisco 49ers’ secondary to join the Raiders this offseason. He spent three seasons with the 49ers, starting all 48 games during his tenure. He was named to the Pro Bowl and earned second-team Associated Press All-Pro honors in 2011. His career totals with the 49ers and Washington Redskins include 126 games played with 116 starts, 503 tackles (392 solo), 17 interceptions, 109 passes defensed, one sack, four forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
Last season, the former first-round pick started all 16 games for San Francisco, posting 59 tackles (44 solo), two interceptions and eight passes defensed. He was inactive for the 49ers’ Wild Card and Divisional playoff games with a hamstring injury before returning to the lineup to face the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. His postseason career totals include eight games played with seven starts, 39 tackles (31 solo) and six passes defensed.
Prior to joining the 49ers, the 6-foot, 192-pounder played six seasons with the Redskins, helping the team to playoff berths in 2005 and 2007.
Rogers most important contribution to the Raiders will be his experience as he joins a long list of free agent moves from Reggie McKenzie that involve playoff reputations. Rogers had success in both Washington as well as the Niners, where before being released he started every game during his San Francisco tenure. If the Raiders can get another good season out of an aging Rogers on a low risk one year deal this should go down as another savvy veteran buy for McKenzie who is stockpiling on veteran leaders who need to keep proving their worth to stay in the league as added incentive to continue to produce. Looking to groom 2013 first round pick DJ Hayden into an elite cornerback, bringing in an experienced winner like Rogers is all positives for the Raiders.