A candid Carlos Rogers joined 106.7 The Fan to discuss his future in Washington and the potential of becoming a free agent in March.
The 29-year-old cornerback made it clear that he’d like to remain with the Redskins, but only if the money is right.
“I’d rather stick around here and play. I wouldn’t want to go nowhere,” said Rogers, who the Redskins acquired with the 9th pick in the 2005 draft. “I’d rather start my career here and then finish it here. But right now it’s about numbers and getting what you think you’re worth.”
Rogers, set to become a free agent when the league’s calendar year ends on March 3, said his agent hasn’t spoken with the Redskins since last Wednesday.
“He put a lot of stuff together comparing me to D. Hall, comparing me to a lot of other guys that got paid at my position over the last two or three years,” Rogers said. “My numbers are exactly around all those guys, besides interceptions.”
The Auburn product even provided insight as to how he and his agent are attempting to establish his market value, comparing himself to Dunta Robinson of the Atlanta Falcons.
“I’ve got more interceptions than him and he’s got a year on me. Atlanta made him one of their top corners, so you never know.”
Last offseason, Robinson signed a six-year contract with the Falcons that will pay him $57 million. The deal netted him $22.5 million guaranteed.
There are plenty of comparisons between he and Rogers. Both spent the first six-years of their careers with one team and both were drafted with top-10 picks.
But as Rogers pointed out, Robinson is a year younger.
And while Rogers did defend 28 more passes than Robinson in their first six years in the league, he also made 95 fewer tackles and played in five fewer games.
Rogers turns 30 in July. That’s part of the reason why he spent Tuesday night’s interview explaining why getting a mega-contract is his primary offseason priortiy.
“Everybody looks at their second contract,” Rogers said. “That’s the big one. That’s what I’m worried about. That’s what I want to do.”
Rogers isn’t the only cornerback on Washington’s roster without a contract for next season. His backup, Phillip Buchanon, could also be free to seek offers from other teams if the Redskins don’t re-sign him.
Not re-signing Rogers would create another major need for a team that already has a slew of them.
“I think it’ll be something good for this team,” said Rogers. ” One less person they have to worry about. If not, I’ll just go on and help the next team.”