The Oakland Raiders took another step with their defensive overhaul on Monday night, signing veteran cornerback Carlos Rogers.
The team's official Twitter feed confirmed the news:
The Raiders have signed CB Carlos Rogers. pic.twitter.com/P0cbRvPnMI— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) April 1, 2014
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke with Rogers about his decision and teaming up with old 49er teammate Tarell Brown: "It's going to be fun. We bring leadership and experience. We helped turn the 49ers defense around and maybe that translates over here to the Raiders."
General manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen have been extremely busy this offseason in adding as much experience as possible on the defensive side of the ball, and Rogers, who has played for nine years in the NFL, only continues that trend.
The Raiders have already signed defensive end Justin Tuck, linebacker LaMarr Woodley, cornerback Tarell Brown and defensive end Antonio Smith, as well as re-signing beloved veteran safety Charles Woodson.
Pro Football Focus' Rick Drummond gave a cool glimpse of the new-look defense with Rogers, who spent a majority of his time with the San Francisco 49ers playing the slot and figures to stick there with D.J. Hayden and Brown on the outside:
Rogers spent the past three seasons with the Niners, where he started all 48 regular-season games. During that time, he tallied nine interceptions, 34 pass deflections, three fumble recoveries and two touchdowns.
Although he was vital in helping the team across the Bay to three consecutive trips to the NFC Championship Game, Drummond notes that his Pro Football Focus grade in the slot has been on a steady decline:
Nevertheless, he still presents an upgrade for the Raiders, who have finished tied for 24th and 28th in the NFL in yards per pass allowed over the past two seasons:
That said, Rogers' 1259 SlotCB cover snaps: 122rec/196tgt, 1317yds, 4TD, 5INT... compared to...— Rick Drummond (@PFF_Rick) April 1, 2014
OAK's 1049 primary SlotCB cover snaps in same time (Porter, Hansen, Branch/Huff): 124rec/181tgt, 1375yds, 10TD, 5INT— Rick Drummond (@PFF_Rick) April 1, 2014
The Raiders haven't been to the playoffs since 2002, finishing with nine seasons of double-digit losses since then. But they've bulked up on the offensive line. They've brought in quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver James Jones and are still in the mix for former Philadelphia Eagles pass-catcher DeSean Jackson, according to ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez. And they continue to add solid veteran starters on the defensive side of the ball.
It's far from a long-term solution, but Oakland seems intent on making some serious noise in 2014.