49ers sign CFL star receiver Eric Rogers in first move under Chip Kelly

49ers bring in CFL star receiver Eric Rogers in first move under Chip Kelly

Calgary receover Eric Rogers is tackled by Edmonton defensive back Patrick Watkins during the first half of a game on Nov. 22.


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The Canadian Football League’s best receiver now belongs to the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers reportedly signed CFL wideout Eric Rogers on Wednesday, the same day Chip Kelly was introduced as the team’s new head coach. 

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver led the CFL with 87 catches for 1,448 yards and 10 touchdowns as a member of the Calgary Stampeders last season.

In 2014, after appearing in only two regular-season games, he became a starter in the playoffs helping Calgary to it’s victory in the Grey Cup.


“Eric has an agreement in place with an NFL club and we are granting him his release in order to allow him to sign a contract immediately rather than waiting until February,” Calgary General Manager John Hufnagel said in a statement. “We wish Eric the best of luck and thank him for his contributions to the Stampeders.”

Rogers, who also worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, reportedly signed a two-year deal worth up to $300,000 including his signing bonus, guaranteed money and bonuses, according to

Rogers, 24, grew up in Duarte, Calif. and was a standout player at Division III Cal Lutheran where he set the school’s all-time record for scoring (45 total touchdowns, 41 receiving) and receiving (220 catches for 3,461 yards).

He went undrafted in 2013 and spent a season in the Arena League before heading to Canada.


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