Sunday, December 28, 2014

CB Rogers wouldn't mind joining Eagles

We all know that Nnamdi Asomugha will be the crown jewel of this year's free-agent class.

CB Rogers wouldn't mind joining Eagles

Carlos Rogers believes he is one of the best cornerbacks available this offseason. (Nick Wass/AP)
Carlos Rogers believes he is one of the best cornerbacks available this offseason. (Nick Wass/AP)

We all know that Nnamdi Asomugha will be the crown jewel of this year's free-agent class.

But beyond Asomugha, which cornerbacks will be available?

One name in the discussion is Carlos Rogers (6-0, 199), the veteran corner who has spent six seasons with the Redskins since they drafted him with the ninth overall pick in the 2005 draft.

Rogers, who turns 30 in July, doesn't sound like a guy expecting to be back with the 'Skins.

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"I ain't never discounting the Redskins, but my mindset right now is that it’s time for a change," he told David Elfin of 106.7 The Fan. "I don’t think I’ve been as appreciated as I should be in that organization, not by everybody. I’ve always been the No. 2 corner, but I’m the one they put on a guy they want to shut down. I just don’t have the interceptions like (current fellow starting corner DeAngelo Hall) has and Shawn (Springs, Hall’s predecessor) used to have."

So where does Rogers want to play next season? He wouldn't mind sticking it to the Redskins and joining the Eagles or the Cowboys.

"My agent’s real confident that I’m going to get a good contract," Rogers said. "After [Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha], who’s going to get real big money, I’m the next corner out there. You hear that the Cowboys and Eagles are looking for a corner. It would be fun to play against the Redskins twice a year."

Of course, it remains to be seen whether teams agree with Rogers' evaluation that he's the second-best free-agent corner on the market.

Meanwhile, Adam Schefter has speculated for weeks that the bidding war for Asomugha could be between the Eagles, Redskins and Cowboys.

So which team needs the most help with its pass defense? Here are some numbers:

  Opp. QB Rating Opp. Comp. % Opp. 20+ plays FO Ranking
Eagles 80.8 (11th) 57.6% (8th) 54 (24th) 11th
Redskins 89.6 (24th) 63.5 (23rd) 57 (28th) 27th
Cowboys 92.8 (29th) 64.4 (26th) 57 (28th) 28th

Surprised? In just about every category, the Redskins and Cowboys were significantly worse than the Eagles. The only category where it's close is pass plays allowed of 20 yards or more. The final column is pass defense ranking by Football Outsiders.

The Cowboys drafted Buffalo cornerback Josh Thomas in the fifth round. The Redskins added Boise State's Brandyn Thompson in the seventh.

The Eagles picked up Utah State corner Curtis Marsh in the third.

But the point remains the same. All three teams will be looking for a major upgrade at cornerback once moves are allowed to be made.


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