Barring changes in contract negotiations, veteran receiver Eric Rogers headed for CFL free agent market

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Veteran CFL receiver Eric Rogers is heading towards becoming a free agent, per league sources.

Rogers has played his entire career in Canada to date with the Calgary Stampeders. He signed a two-year contract extension prior to the 2019 season, which has him on schedule to hit the open market on February 9.

Barring major changes in contract negotiations with general manager John Hufnagel, Rogers could field multiple offers from teams around the league following the Super Bowl. Rogers was scheduled to earn a team-friendly salary of $163,000 in 2020, although the season was cancelled.

Even though teams across the country are cutting player expenditures by spending to the salary cap floor for the 2021 season, Rogers deserves fair compensation based on his resume and repeated decisions to take less with Calgary for the Stampeders to be Grey Cup contenders each year.

Rogers is known as a prolific red zone target and recorded 85 receptions for 1,080 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2019. Following an NFL stint with the San Francisco 49ers, Rogers rejoined the Stamps in 2018, playing nine games and notching 36 catches for 499 yards and five touchdowns.

The six-foot-four, 215-pounder made an impact during the Stamps’ 2014 Grey Cup championship run and followed that up by leading the CFL in receiving yards (1,448) and touchdowns (10) in 2015. That drew interest from more than 20 NFL teams, including 16 who met or worked Rogers out.

San Francisco gave Rogers a $125,000 signing bonus and guaranteed $100,000 of his salary, the most upfront money since Cam Wake got $1 million from Miami in 2008. However, Rogers tore his anterior cruciate ligament early in training camp with the 49ers in August 2016. The team placed him on injured reserve for the season, which means the Cal Lutheran University product earned all of his salary that year.

Rogers spent more than a year recovering and rehabbing from the first major injury he suffered in his pro career. The significant setback hasn’t hindered the 29-year-old’s production since returning to the CFL.

Franchise quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has a unique trust in Rogers, but if the Stamps don’t step up their offer, the pair could be split up and leave Calgary without a proven No. 1 target.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.