Cleveland Browns Trade Rumors: Shaun Rogers Could Be Traded By Oct. 19 Deadline

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IOctober 18, 2010

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  Shaun Rogers #92 of the Cleveland Browns in action against the Cincinnati Bengals during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Browns 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns are a team that really defines the term "rebuilding" since they have been doing it from the day they were reborn back into the NFL in 1999.

After a crushing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, the Browns sit once again in the AFC North basement with a 1-5 record.

The injury bug has hit the Browns hard in 2010 as well.

Both starting quarterback and backup Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are nursing high ankle injuries, promising rookie running back Montario Hardesty went down in the preseason for the entire year and now receivers Josh Cribbs and Mohammed Massaquoi could have concussions and might be out several weeks.

These are only a few of the notable injuries, and there are many more too.

The NFL is a violent sport  and injures can and will happen, but when a team like the Browns gets hit, then it turns a long season into an even longer one.

With the October 19 trade deadline looming, there are whispers and rumors around Cleveland that say the Browns are actively shopping defensive lineman Shaun Rogers.

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Rogers has been injured this season, and his playing time has been severely limited. He is no longer a starter on the line.

With the amount of money that the Browns have invested in Rogers, having a high-priced backup is not a good plan whether or not there is a salary cap.

So who could really use Rogers' ability?

One interesting trade scenario the Browns should explore is talking with the Buffalo Bills about Cleveland native and wide receiver Lee Evans.

The Browns are hurting at receiver, and bringing in Evans could help in more ways than one.

First, he brings a veteran presence to the team, which will help the younger receivers further develop since it appears both second-year players Brian Robiskie and Mohammed Massaquoi have regressed.

Also, Evans brings some depth to a position that may not have Cribbs and Massaquoi for several weeks due to possible concussions.

Would the Browns and Bills be able to work a straight-up, player-for-player deal?

It is rare, but the Browns did that last week when they traded Jerome Harrison for Mike Bell, so it is possible.

The Bills need help on their defense, and even though losing one of their few star players on offense would hurt, Evans has been a disappointment in Buffalo and this rumored trade scenario sounds like a perfect time to give two players a fresh start.

The Browns need help at receiver in lieu of the pending concussions, and Evans could be a quick fix that fits the offense nicely.

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(Also posted on Dawg Scooper: THE Cleveland Browns Blog)