Could Shaun Rogers be on the move?
Prior to the start of the 2009 season, nose tackle Shaun Rogers made it known that he wanted out of his contract with the Cleveland Browns.
The Pro Bowler had a beef with new head coach Eric Mangini—who Rogers felt had disrespected him by not introducing himself—and as a result, no longer wanted to play for the Browns.
Less than a year after the incident, Rogers may get the opportunity to put on a different jersey and play football in a new city.
Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes Sunday morning that people shouldn’t be surprised if the Browns make a move to deal the soon-to-be 31-year-old Rogers. The team is tired of his freelancing on the defensive line and currently has enough depth at the position to justify dealing the 350-pound run-stuffing Rogers.
Having lost ten or more games in six of the previous seven seasons, Cleveland is in need of an influx of talent at several positions. Quarterback is an obvious problem, but the organization is looking to upgrade the secondary as well. Speculation has already begun that the Browns may be interested in drafting Florida cornerback Joe Haden with the seventh overall pick in this April’s draft.
As for Rogers, there are several NFL teams in the market for a dominating run-stuffer.
Like the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Birds got mauled all over the field by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2009 season-finale as well as during the wild card round of the playoffs. Big D racked up 377 rushing yards against the Philly defense in those two games.
In addition, Cleveland needs a quarterback, and Philly’s got three of them.
Also, don’t forget that current Browns general manager Tom Heckert joined the organization after having worked in Philadelphia from 2001-2009.
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