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Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 08/03/2011

Report: Carlos Rogers signs one-year deal with San Francisco 49ers

Updated at 8:46 a.m.

Free-agent cornerback Carlos Rogers has signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

Rogers, the Redskins’ top pick (ninth overall) out of Auburn in the 2005 NFL draft, became a starter the following year with the Washington Redskins. He’d been hoping for a big contract, but reports indicate that he’ll receive $4 million-$4.25 million.

“I didn’t have any plans of going back to Washington,” Rogers told Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan in a phone interview. “I wanted to go elsewhere. I thought it was time for me to move on.”

Rogers was philosophical about his time in Washington and moving on. “You know how Washington is. They’re always big in free agency and not signing their guys back and getting other players.”

The 49ers were 24th in pass defense last season and lost their best cornerback, Nate Clements, to the Cincinnati Bengals. After Nnamdi Asomugha, Johnathan Joseph and Antonio Cromartie landed elsewhere, the Niners began talking with Rogers.

Rogers, whose former Auburn and Redskins teammate, Jason Campbell is just across the bay in Oakland, became expendable when the Redskins acquired Josh Wilson to team with DeAngelo Hall at cornerback. Rogers started 68 of 78 games with the Redskins and has eight interceptions. He missed four games with a hamstring injury last season, finishing with 54 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

He’ll mostly be remembered in Washington for an inability to haul in interceptions, particularly when the ball struck him squarely in his hands.

After dropping two interceptions in the Redskins’ 27-24 loss to Indianapolis last year, he said: “I sit and think about it: ‘Man, I should have had them picks. Should have had four or five, pretty much probably leading the league or at the top. But my main thing is: I'm not going to get myself down because somebody outside of here — or whoever — talk about Carlos dropping picks...

“My main thing: I'd rather cover my man, cover the top receiver, lock him down, not let him catch the ball.”

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