Free agent cornerback Carlos Rogers told reporters Monday that a big part of his decision to sign with Oakland was their offseason moves this year to bring in a lot of veterans with experience in big games.
“Yes, that was a big part of it,” Rogers said, via the team’s website. “Part of it is they were one of the teams that definitely stayed after me throughout the process. Regardless of where I want to play, you are going to have a team that wants you just as much as you want to be there. I have been watching the progress of a lot of teams.
“The Raiders have been one of the teams that have been more active in the offseason, trying to turn things around. I see where this team is going and it wasn’t hard to come here and finalize the deal. Especially playing with Tarell and I have been good friends with Charles Woodson since I’ve been in college, it was easier to come here and play with them. Plus, I just have to move myself from one place to another, right across the bay.”
Rogers, 32, was the San Francisco 49ers nickel cornerback last season and was cut by the team in the offseason to save more than $6 million.
“I don’t really think there’s a chip on my shoulder; nothing against my old team,” Rogers said. “Of course when you play your old team, you want to go back and beat them. We get that opportunity here. But, I think my focus is I want to continue to win and I want to continue to be a big part of helping to turn this organization around, like I did in San Francisco and continue to win and try to get to that Super Bowl and win it.
“I don’t have any hatred for San Francisco. I had three great years of my career there. So, there’s no hatred. It’s nothing that they didn’t want me, it’s just things didn’t work out. The way they wanted it and of course things didn’t work out how I wanted but I am over here, and I am glad to be over here.”
Rogers played six seasons in Washington before joining San Francisco in 2011. He has 17 career interceptions and 109 passes defensed.
Rogers is looking forward to playing with Tarrell Brown again.
“It’s going to be fun,” Rogers said. “We’re two older guys that can bring experience, can bring leadership, can bring a lot of stuff to the table. I’ve played in a lot of different defenses and it’s not hard to come over here and learn this defense and this terminology. We were a big part of the puzzle that turned San Francisco’s defense around, so hopefully we can translate that over here and be even better.”
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