Washington Redskins: Breaking Down the Carlos Rogers Situation

Josh McCainSenior Writer IJune 2, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 21: Carlos Rogers #22 (L) of the Washington Redskins takes off on a long interception return against Arizona Cardinals Steve Breaston #15 (Top R) and Larry Fitzgerald #11 (Bottom R) at FedEx Field September 21, 2008 in Landover , Maryland.  The Redskins defeated the Cardinals 24-17. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst /Getty Images)
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Last week, Carlos Rogers ripped into the Washington Redskins in claiming that he feels disrespected and has always been considered the No. 2 corner behind guys like Shawn Springs and DeAngelo Hall.

In fact, Rogers has been pretty disgruntled since last off-season when he was due to become an unrestricted free-agent but was instead put on hold due to the dissolution of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and the uncapped year.

Rather than either offer Rogers a new contract or release him, the Redskins applied a first-round tender on him, meaning that any team wishing to sign Rogers would have to surrender a first-round draft pick to the Redskins.  Thus, Rogers will likely not be touched by any other team, as he is hardly worth a first-round pick.

I can understand that Rogers would be upset with the situation; he not only did not receive a new contract last season, but is now stuck with the Redskins, who over the past decade have notoriously paid high premiums for free agents while stifling its home-grown players. 

However, Rogers isn't really seeing the big picture.  What has been going on in free agency over the past two seasons is league-wide, not exclusive to the Redskins.

Last off-season, most NFL franchises tendered their top free-agents rather than signing them to new contracts because they had no idea what the salary cap would look like once a new CBA was agreed upon.

And with the pending lock-out hovering at the end of the 2010 regular season, few teams re-signed players or signed any free agents.  As of now, Peyton Manning doesn't even have a contract.

I don't know what the Redskins' intentions are with Rogers. In spite of his stone hands, he's still a good cover guy.  I would expect the Redskins to have a high interest in re-signing him.

However, it appears Rogers decided to light the bridge on fire while he was still standing on it.

I think that saying he wants to go to Dallas or Philly in order to play the Redskins twice a year I was premature, especially considering that the Redskins can't even negotiate with him during the lock-out.

I've felt frustrated from being disrespected by an employer; I think the majority of us have at one time or another.  However, running at the mouth in a public forum isn't the best way to deal with it.

Rogers wants money somewhere in the neighborhood of what Nnamdi Asomugha will be offered.

I've got news for him: he's not even going to come close to it.

Asomugha is a play maker and can pull off a game-changing interception.  Rogers isn't that type of player.  Any Redskins fan will tell you all about the frustrations of watching a ball hit Rogers in the hands and then fall to the ground.

Thus, in spite of his ability to stick with some of the best receivers in the league, teams won't pay top dollar for batted balls.  Teams pay top dollar for highlight-reel interceptions.

No matter how well Rogers can cover his receivers, opposing quarterbacks can still take chance at throwing to their top receivers if they know Rogers will not make an interception.

Also going against Rogers is the fact that he's susceptible to the double-move.  It wasn't as bad last season as it was in the 2009 season, but Rogers has a tendency to bite on the first move a receiver makes.

In 2009, this led to quite a few big plays for opposing teams.  With more safety help in 2010 Rogers didn't get burned as often, but there were a few instances in which receivers left him in his wake after faking a short move.

Lastly Rogers will be hampered by his injury-plagued 2010 season.  Last season he only played in 12 games and was limited by a hamstring injury in a handful of them.

With only 42 tackles and two interceptions in a contract year, teams clearly were not about to throw wads of cash at him.

Like I said, I can understand his frustrations, but Rogers needs to come a bit back down to Earth and realize that he isn't worth the money of Nnamdi Asomugha. And if he acts more civil, general manager Bruce Allen will probably take better care of him.

After all, one of the bigger needs on the Redskins' defense are good cover corners.

However, I think Rogers has already made up his mind about leaving D.C., and the Redskins would have to horrendously overpay in order to keep him. I believe and hope that the days of overpaying free-agents in D.C. are over.