After weeks of speculation that cornerback Carlos Rogers would need to restructure his contract to avoid becoming a salary cap casualty, the San Francisco 49ers have reportedly decided to cut ties with the nine-year veteran.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported via Twitter Monday, citing a source that said the 49ers would, in fact, let Rogers test free agency.
Source: The San Francisco 49ers will indeed cut CB Carlos Rogers allowing him to test the market.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 10, 2014
Rogers completed his third season with the 49ers last season, posting two interceptions, eight passes defensed and 47 tackles.
He came to San Francisco as a free agent in August 2011 on a one-year deal after six seasons with the Washington Redskins, and earned both his first career Pro Bowl berth and a four-year, $31.3 million contract.
Rogers, who will be 33 in July, was hampered by a hamstring injury in the playoffs, missing both the wild-card round game at Green Bay and the divisional playoff game at Carolina before returning for spot duty against Seattle in the NFC Championship.
The bigger problem than either his age or productivity, though, was his more than $8 million salary cap figure for 2014.
By freeing up that money under the cap, it could give the 49ers more flexibility to bring back free agents Donte Whitner and Tarell Brown in the secondary.