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Originally, this spot was A.J. Jenkins’ to lose, which actually wound up happening when the 49ers stepped out of their comfort zone to deal the 2012 first-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs. That being said, his replacement on this particular slide should immediately go on notice.
So, who else is not living up to their billing?
Outside of Jenkins, it is difficult to pinpoint a player at any position who is really an outright failure, soup to nuts.
For the most part, this is a roster laced with Pro Bowlers, All-Pros, top draft picks and secret superstars. However, when you weigh his level of play against his contract and place in the system, it is easy to contend why the 49ers are not getting good value from Carlos Rogers anymore.
His breakthrough campaign in 2011 turned out to be short-lived, when the 32-year-old cornerback barreled back into a steep decline right after he put his John Hancock on a brand new four-year, $29 million deal to stay in the Bay Area.
According to Pro Football Focus, Rogers did originally earn that money fair and square, holding opposing passers to an average rating of 61.9 in 2011.
Though, the next season, that number shot up to 86.7 when he was tested in the slot and as high as a 115.6 rating when challenged outside, revealing his limitations as a contributor to a troubling degree, via Jeff Deeney on Twitter.
Judging by those stats, Rogers is almost exclusively a nickel player, if that. As if the magic fairy dust wore off, the Pro Bowler abruptly transformed back into a pedestrian corner in the span of an offseason.
NFL analyst Jason Cole reported that this drop off in performance has the 49ers brass deeply concerned, almost to the point of taking serious action. This remains a lingering issue since the contract Rogers signed gave him the second-highest average take-home on the team, only after bullish linebacker Patrick Willis, via Spotrac.
On a roster full of elites and budding superstars, San Fran has way too much cap tied into a fairly average ball player who appears to be past his prime. The worst part is, for all of that money, how reliable is Rogers? Not very.
Pending a miraculous turnaround by a reinvigorated and determined Carlos Rogers, the 49ers’ No. 1-listed cornerback easily finishes as the most disappointing.
WINNER: Carlos Rogers, CB