Rogers would fill vital need on Raiders defense

Rogers would fill vital need on Raiders defense
March 31, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Former 49er Carlos Rogers has experience playing alongside new Raiders starter Tarell Brown. (AP)

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The Raiders went into last week with just a few items left on their free agent shopping list.

Head coach Dennis Allen said his team still needed veteran help at running back, along the defensive line and at cornerback. DeSean Jackson could end up in Oakland, but he's a luxury item.

“We need at least one corner, maybe two,” Allen said. "That will be important for us."

The Raiders filled several needs on Friday by signing rusher Maurice Jones-Drew, defensive tackle Pat Sims and reserve lineman C.J. Wilson.

[RELATED: Jones-Drew's contract doesn't break the bank]

The Raiders are in search of a cornerback, especially one who can play the slot.

Carlos Rogers may be their man.

Fox Sports reported that former 49er Carlos Rogers scheduled a visit to the Raiders facility for Monday. The team would certainly prefer he leave with a new contract. Rogers has experience playing well with new starter Tarell Brown in San Francisco, and could provide insurance at outside corner if D.J. Hayden doesn’t develop as expected.

Rogers was released by the 49ers this offseason. He carried an unsavory cap number and advanced age. At 32, Rogers believes he has more good years ahead, and would certainly fill a vital role for the Raiders when competing in the pass-happy AFC West.