We have fallen behind...ok, I have fallen behind. For a series that was designed to help us mine content during the offseason, we have found ways to make articles about forgotten kickers fun...to write (hopefully it was fun to read about Ali Haji-Sheikh, Reggie Roby and of course, Tom Tupa's dad.)
It will be time for training camp soon enough so we need to pick up some serious steam. What we will do going forward is put together our pick for the number of the day (or numbers of the day) and then as we are able to fill in with interviews and stories, we will update/re-post. As always, we remind you that we aren't naming the greatest Redskin to ever wear the jersey. Think of this as more of the game you might play on a road trip, trying to name a Redskin for each number. We'll throw out one or two, and you fill in the rest, with your own stories and opinions, as well as anything else going on that day. We would love to get through 99 this summer, so efforts must be doubled.
#22 - Carlos Rogers
I am not too old to remember the name Curtis Jordan, but I am too young to remember much more than the name. He was drafted the year I was born (1976). Carlos Rogers is the obvious #22 today. When we drafted him #9 overall back in the 2005 draft, I remember thinking how much we needed a cover corner to come in and be a stud for us. Pacman Jones and Antrel Rolle went ahead of him to Tennessee and Arizona respectively, despite Rogers winning the Jim Thorpe Award for being the nation's top defensive back in the 2004 collegiate season.
There were those who doubted he was the best pick for us in that draft. And we have all witnessed him struggle with bringing the ball down when the interceptions have been there. But this past season he stepped up in a major way, coming off the knee injury.
The contract situation remains a bit dicey. But only for Carlos it seems. The word on the street is that the league is going to enter an uncapped year next year. If that is true, Carlos, who is entering the final year of his contract (same as JC), wil NOT be an unrestricted free agent, as he will not have the required service in the league to do so. This explains why Carlos may have been antsy to get his new deal from the Redskins (or anyone else) in the last year.
So I am hard-pressed to call this a contract year, but here's hoping that Rogers does what most NFL players seem to be capable of these days--putting together his best year with all his future money on the line.
#22 - Carlos Rogers