Philadelphia Eagles: Should They Sign Defensive Tackle Shaun Rogers?

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIFebruary 10, 2011

The Browns cut Shaun Rogers and four other veterans, which saved them $16.34 million, $5.5 million of that just from Rogers.

Rogers is a big guy, as he is listed at 6'4", 350 pounds, and has had huge success in this league. His last Pro Bowl appearance was in 2008 under Romeo Crennel, but his numbers have tailed off since then.

The 2008 season was the first for Rogers in a 3-4 defense, so maybe the scheme just did not fit Rogers' strengths as well as the Lions' scheme did.

The Eagles run a similar 4-3 scheme to what the Lions ran when Rogers excelled.

Rogers had 29 sacks over the first seven seasons with the Lions, so some say he is as good in pass rush as he is in run support, where he is still considered one of the best in the league.

Rogers, though, will be 32 when the season begins next season, and the Eagles don't like committing money to a player past 30, especially one who has been out of shape and overweight for some time.

Another negative is his knees, which have been carrying a 340-pound-plus body since his college days, which must be starting to take a toll on him.

Rogers has missed multiple games over the past few seasons due to lingering injuries.

Outcome: The chances of Andy Reid and the front office signing him are very slim.

Is Rogers really an upgrade over Antonio Dixon at this point in his career? Dixon proved to be a great run stopper and helped make the run defense respectable.

Rogers also does not fit what Jim Washburn wants out of his defensive tackles.

If Rogers were to be signed, one of the following defensive tackles would have to be cut: Mike Patterson, Brodrick Bunkley, Trevor Laws and Antonio Dixon.

So, Eagle nation, what do you think about Shaun Rogers?

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