49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers is due to earn a base salary of $5.5 million in 2013, under a contract that looks a lot better now in light of the recent developments in the free-agent market.
Contrary to reports that the full amount of the salary became guaranteed on April 1, PFT has confirmed that only $1.25 million of the base salary is now guaranteed for skill and salary cap. That same amount has been guaranteed for injury from the time Rogers signed the contract last November.
It means that the 49ers could choose to put the squeeze on Rogers at some point before September to give up some of his $5.5 million salary. Sure, he’s guaranteed to make $1.25 million this year. To make more than that, however, he may have to agree to take less than $5.5 million.
Next year, Rogers’ salary jumps to $6.25 million. In 2015, he’s due to earn $7.25 million.
In other words, regardless of what happens in 2013, he’s destined to face a salary squeeze in each of the following two years.