NFL Rumors: Shaun Rogers Heads To New Orleans on Free Agent Trip
Former Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Shaun Rogers is one of the top free agent names currently available in the NFL.
For most players free agency will likely be put on hold due to the current state of the collective bargaining agreement. However, Rogers has already been released and thus can start to have meetings with interested teams.
It may be a difficult to finalize deal because of the financial predicament in the NFL, but there are still teams showing interest in his services. Just this week he has already met with the Washington Redskins and the Kansas City Chiefs.
On top of that he is on his way to New Orleans to see if he can be a fit in Gregg Williams' defensive scheme.
Here is what Rogers' skill brings to the table, and some possible destinations for the 350 pound defensive force.
1. Rogers' Potential Impact
Rogers has been primarily as a nose tackle in Cleveland's 3-4 scheme over the past several season. He is a classic clog the middle type of player who requires extra blockers or will wreak havoc in the backfield.
He went to a Pro Bowl with the Browns during the 2008 season that he recorded 76 total tackles and 4.5 sacks. Overall Rogers has been selected to three Pro Bowl rosters.
Rogers has also shown some ability to get to the quarterback by tallying 14.5 sacks over the past four seasons.
More than anything he requires extra attention or he will stop a running play before it even gets started. By all accounts he is a great fit for any team looking for a play-making nose tackle in the 3-4 defense.
2. Rogers' Drawbacks
Although Rogers certainly possesses some serious talent that does not mean he has been a major success throughout his entire NFL career.
He has dealt with some injuries over his career and missed 19 games as a result. He also has had several surgeries, including on his shoulder and knee. On top of that Rogers suffered a broken leg that sidelined him from much of the 2009 season.
He also played in limited snaps last season due to an assortment of injuries to his ankle and hip.
Some teams may also shy away from Rogers because he will be 32 years old entering the 2011 NFL season.
However, the real reason teams may be hesitant about Roger is his off the field issues.
In 2007 Rogers was accused of sexual assault, but ultimately was not charged with the crime. Last April he was arrested when he was found with a loaded gun at an airport.
3. Washington Redskins
Rogers decided to make the trip to Washington shortly after being released by the Browns last week.
Most football minds believe that Albert Haynesworth will not be a part of the Washington Redskins next season and as a result the team could be in search of a defensive tackle.
Rogers would fit the scheme of the Redskins and it would allow them to trade or release Haynesworth, who has been the biggest problem in the Washington locker room.
There was no contract offer during his trip Washington, but there is definite mutual interest and the Redskins should be seen as one serious suitor for Rogers' services.
4. Kansas City Chiefs
Rogers also paid a visit to Kansas City this past week and could be a perfect fit at Arrowhead Stadium.
Placing Rogers on a defense with Tamba Hali, Glenn Dorsey, and Tyson Jackson should provide a serious boost in the pass rush and run defense. On top of that he could bring some veteran leadership to a young defense.
This is also an interesting landing spot because Rogers played under Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel during his days in Cleveland.
During that time Crennel helped Rogers get back to his Pro Bowl form and he could make a push to bring the defensive lineman to Kansas City.
5. New Orleans Saints
Rogers is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints in the near future and could be a perfect fit for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Williams loves to send complex blitz packages at the quarterback and apply constant pressure. A defensive lineman who requires two blockers only frees up more players to blitz.
On top of that Rogers allegedly has joining a winning organization high on his priorities. After all he has had ten straight losing seasons as a member of the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.
If all goes well in the visit to New Orleans then Rogers may be a perfect fit for the Saints as they try to regain their Super Bowl form.
6. Dallas Cowboys
There has been no know contact between Rogers and the Cowboys, but there is strong speculation that this would be an ideal match.
He would bring some help to a defense that struggled with inconsistency and generated little pass rush aside from perennial defensive player of the year candidate Demarcus Ware. Rogers could also use up some blockers to help set Ware free more often.
The main reason for this speculation is that former Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan now has the same job with the Cowboys. The two had a working relationship while in Cleveland and Rogers is already familiar with Ryan's system.
7. Houston Texans
The Texans are on this list not because of any interest they have shown in Rogers, but rather the notion that he would like to play in Houston.
Rogers has used glowing endorsements when talking about the possibility of playing for the Texans. He grew up in Houston and it has long been a dream to play for a hometown team.
It is unknown whether there is any interest on behalf of the Texans organization. However, Rogers could help create some pressure along with all-world defensive end Mario Williams.
8. Detroit Lions
The Lions may seem like an odd destination since he does not particularly fit their defensive scheme and he was recently traded from the organization. Admittedly this may be a bit of a long shot.
However there has been interest at least from one side. According to his friend and former teammate Shaun Smith, Rogers wished he was back in Detroit during his years in Cleveland.
He also noted that Rogers gave Detroit high praise which is why Smith chose to sign with the Lions. A little time away may have made Rogers realize what he was missing in Detroit.
If the Lions show any interest at all Rogers then it could up his wish list.
9. Denver Broncos
Again this is speculation since there is no knowledge of discussion between the two parties. However, the Broncos run the 3-4 could definitely use some help on the defensive line.
Denver will likely address the pass rush with the second overall pick in the upcoming draft. All signs point to this being a defensive end, such as Da'Quan Bowers out of Clemson.
Rogers could help these younger defensive lineman see more one on on blocking during this first year in the NFL. On top of that he could be an adequate mentor for any young player.
10. Buffalo Bills
The Bills have the third selection in the upcming draft and, as of now, all signs point to them trying to acquire a franchise quarterback.
If that is the case then they will pass up the possibility of having Nick Fairley or Marcell Dareus anchor the defensive line for years to come.
Rogers could provide immediate help at a position of need for the Bills, who struggled against the run and the pass equally in 2010.
Buffalo also runs a 3-4 scheme and could use Rogers as the nose tackle to clog up the middle of the field.