49ers Sign CFL WR Eric Rogers

THURSDAY, 2:55pm: The 49ers have officially signed Rogers to a two-year contract, the team confirmed today in a press release.

WEDNESDAY, 2:48pm: After auditioning for half the teams in the NFL over the last several weeks, standout Canadian Football League wide receiver Eric Rogers has made his decision. Rogers has agreed to sign with the 49ers, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets that the Calgary Stampeders let Rogers out of his CFL contract early so that he could sign with San Francisco.Eric Rogers

According to Schefter, the Niners are giving Rogers the most lucrative deal for a CFL player since the Dolphins signed Cameron Wake back in 2009. It’s a two-year contract with a $125K signing bonus, $75K in other bonuses, and a minimum base salary that includes a $100K guarantee, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Schefter adds (via Twitter) that the wideout, who turns 25 next month, visited 16 teams and had 13 contract offers to sort through.

Rogers, who played his college ball at Cal Lutheran, signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2013, but didn’t earn a regular-season roster spot. After joining the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League, Rogers headed to the CFL in 2014 and had his breakout season with Calgary in 2015. In 17 games for the Stampeders this past season, Rogers racked up 87 receptions for 1,448 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Rogers’ return to the NFL will see him playing under new 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, whose fast-paced offense should provide a challenge for the CFL star. San Francisco receiver Torrey Smith joked last week when Kelly’s hiring was reported that he “might have to start running right now to get in shape” (Twitter link).

The Colts, Chargers, Giants, Titans, Patriots, Jets, Ravens, Steelers, Texans, Eagles, Vikings, Bears, Browns, and Washington were among the teams to give Rogers a look during his whirlwind NFL tour.

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