The 49ers have re-signed CB Carlos Rogers, keeping a key member of their talented defense in place. The deal is for four years and $31 million.
Rogers had a breakthrough season in 2011, registering 43 tackles and a career-high six interceptions for the NFC West-champion Niners. He was expected to be one of the top defensive backs on the market, though the team clearly made re-signing him a top priority.
His re-signing means that all 11 defensive starters for San Francisco will return next season. The team added to their depth in the secondary earlier in the day by signing ex-Broncos CB Perrish Cox to a two-year deal.
The way we see it
Perish the thought of Rogers being replaced in the starting lineup by newly acquired Perrish Cox, which appeared to be a growing possibility with negotiations between the Niners and Rogers hitting a lull earlier. Rogers had made it clear not long after he came to the Bay Area that he could see himself settling down there for a long time to come, and his value is enhanced by his quick comprehension of a Niners system that fit his skills like a glove and his leadership in the locker room. Rogers' re-signing comes directly on the heels of the divisional counterpunch delivered by the Rams with their signing of former Titan Cortland Finnegan.
The next big question for the Niners is how long will it be before free-agent QB Alex Smith follows in Rogers' footsteps with a new deal. If Smith ends up not signing, that would really be a shock, considering the steady endorsements that have come his way from the team's higher-ups.