San Francisco tried to make Rogers take a paycut prior to the 2013 season, but he ended up calling their bluff and had an $8 million cap hit for the year. The 49ers will save about $6.6 million in cap space this season with almost $3 million in dead money.
With the emergence of Tramaine Brock coupled by the fact that Tarell Brown received more playing time, it is no surprise that Rogers has become a cap casualty. In the final weeks of the regular season, he struggled and will be most remembered for allowing a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game on fourth down.
The 49ers initially signed him to a one-year contract during the 2011 offseason and it initially panned out as he had his first Pro Bowl season in his career. Rogers was also named as a second-team All-Pro for 2011. After coming off a great season, the 49ers rewarded him with a four-year contract the following year.
Cornerback has been an expected position of need for the 49ers this offseason. While Brock has established himself as a No.1 CB, there is uncertainty as to who will complement him. Tarell Brown is also an unrestricted free agent while Chris Culliver, was was the team's nickel CB, is coming back from a torn ACL which he suffered in training camp.
The 49ers should be drafting one CB while also making a signing elsewhere in free agency.