By: Joe Lami
SANTA CLARA, Calif.–On the day the 49ers introduced Chip Kelly as the new head coach, news came out that San Francisco made their first signing under his regime. Canadian Football League Wide Receiver, Eric Rogers was signed to a reported two-year deal on Wednesday afternoon.
The Calgary Stampeders standout from this past season reportedly worked out for the 49ers in December and for Kelly when he was still at Philadelphia. The 6-3 wide out led the league in receiving yards with 1,448 on 87 catches and ten touchdowns.
Rogers was a huge impact on the Stampeders 2014 Grey Cup victory, as he caught two touchdowns and tacked on 60 yards in the 2014 Western Conference Finals. Calgary was eliminated in the Western Conference Finals by the eventual Grey Cup Champion Edmonton Eskimos in 2015.
With it evident that Anquan Boldin’s tenure as a 49er is done, Rogers become a cheap replacement to fill the position and can pay off huge if he’s able to produce at the NFL level. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 before being demoted to the Arena Football League.