Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie continues to find pieces through free agency. Today, the Raiders landed free agent cornerback Carlos Rogers, who played the last three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Rogers joining the Raiders makes two former 49ers in the secondary as Oakland inked cornerback Tarell Brown earlier in free agency.
Rogers started every game for the 49ers the last three seasons and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011. He is a 32-year-old veteran with 116 career starts in nine seasons and has 17 career interceptions to his credit. He was originally selected by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played the first six seasons of his career with the Redskins.
For the Raiders, Rogers adds much needed secondary depth. The team lost both of their starting cornerbacks from 2013. Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter bolted via free agency, but McKenzie has brought in the former 49ers, Brown and Rogers, to cushion that blow. When all his said and done it could be an upgrade. Brown and Rogers will compete to play opposite 2013 first round draft pick DJ Hayden.
Rogers is another player that fits the mold McKenzie looks for in free agency. He has loads of starting experience on a playoff team and brings postseason as well as Super Bowl experience. McKenzie has done a nice job of addressing the team's needs. The secondary, especially cornerback, was a pressing issue when Jenkins and Porter left. Now, with the additions of Brown and Rogers, it is on par talent-wise with where it was. It also allows McKenzie to keep his 2014 NFL Draft options open to choose the best player available without committing to need positions.
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