New San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly and quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a new offensive weapon. Canadian Football League‘s wide receiver Eric Rogers has signed with the team, according to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.
The team has reportedly given Rogers a lucrative deal. According to NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport, it’s a two-year control that includes a $125,000 signing bonus, $75,000 in bonuses, and a minimum salary that features a $100,000 guarantee.
Rogers, whose going to be 25-years-old next month, visited with 16 teams. He also reportedly had contract offers from 13 of the 16 teams.
Of the 16 teams that Rogers visited with the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins were among the teams that considered signing him.
Rogers is no stranger to the NFL as he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2013 after playing college football at Cal Lutheran. However, he did not make the Opening Day roster.
In 17 games, he had 87 receptions for 1,448 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Rogers joins the 49ers, who are expected to have a fast-paced offense under Kelly. They already have Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin — even though he’s on the ladder part of his career — at wide receiver.
Boldin was the team’s leading receiver with 789 yards, which was his lowest since his 2014 season. The 35-year-old has one-year left on his contract at $9.09 million.
Smith, who came to the Bay Area as a free agent after playing the first part of his career with the Baltimore Ravens — Smith and Boldin were teammates with the Ravens, as well — had a career-low 33 receptions for 663 yards.
When Kelly was hired by the 49ers, Smith joked that he “might have to start running right now to get in shape.”
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