Washington Redskins: Carlos Rogers Burning Bridges on His Way to Free Agency

Matthew Brown@mlb923Correspondent IMay 20, 2011

LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Carlos Rogers #22 of the Washington Redskins defends against the Houston Texans at FedExField on September 19, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Texans defeated the Redskins in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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The NFL is still in lockout mode and free agency, as well as the start of the coming season, is TBA.

The Washington Redskins have a lot of work to do once player movement is allowed, but their priorities have changed in the light of recent comments. Cornerback Carlos Rogers has made it abundantly clear that he wants out of Washington, citing a lack of appreciation on the organization's part.

While his cover skills are invaluable, his recent attitude makes him a locker room liability should he be forced to stick around.

While he hasn't said anything absurdly inflammatory towards or about the Redskins, Rogers has alluded to his desire to play for a team who would appreciate his talents.

In an interview with The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan, Rogers said, “I've always been the No. 2 corner, but I'm the one they put on a guy the want to shut down."

If you watch any Redskins games, you can't say Rogers isn't being honest with himself or the media when he says he wasn't appreciated for what he did.

He hasn't always shown the best hands of a corner in the NFL, but Rogers has always been a solid cover corner. He doesn't take the risks that DeAngelo Hall does, so he doesn't get the flashy interceptions.

However, what he lacks in flash he makes up for in consistency. He may not catch every ball that hits his hands, but he keeps the ball away from the receiver.

The Redskins don't need anymore drama in the locker room, but losing Rogers would be a huge hit to an already weak secondary.

Washington had the opportunity to re-sign Rogers before the 2009-2010 season, but decided to slap a first-round tender on him to keep him with the team for another year. In an interview with Rick Meese and Jason Reid of the Washington Post in response to signing his free agent tender Rogers said, "They know they got me for cheap."

The way the Redskins work in free agency, Rogers is right to question how the team has valued him, especially when you consider their overvaluing of outside talent.

In 2008, Hall was released by the Oakland Raiders in the first year of his seven-year, $70 million contract after failing to adapt to the team's defensive scheme. The Redskins snapped him up just three days later, and signed him for the rest of the year. After the season, the team signed Hall to a six-year, $55 million contract with $23 million in guaranteed money.

Rogers was no longer viewed as the team's top corner despite being a better tackler and more sound cover corner than Hall. It didn't help that defensive coordinator Greg Blache's scheme gave opposing receivers 10-yard cushions and safety help was late or out of position.

It left Rogers exposed and gave fans the impression that he was being beaten deep. In reality, it was the free safety failing to provide proper support on deep routes.

The Redskins are known for throwing money at the players they want, but they don't seem to want Rogers. If they truly wanted him, they would have signed him to a long-term deal last season instead of giving him a first-round tender.

With Nnamdi Asomugha set to be on the market, perhaps Rogers's would be wise to get out of Washington while he can.

Rogers has stated his desire to line-up against the Redskins twice a year, citing the needs of Dallas and Philadelphia as prime locations for his future. 

With football on hold, Rogers can only wait for his fate to be decided. If his story proves anything, it is that the way the Redskins handle their players is flawed.