The Kansas City Chiefs can cross Shaun Rogers off their shopping list, as the defensive tackle has agreed to terms of a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Rogers, who turns 32 next month, was free to sign before the end of the current league year on March 4 because he was released by the Cleveland Browns last month.
The 6-foot-4, 350-pounder offers a risk-reward proposition. At his peak, Rogers has been one of the most dynamic defensive tackles in the league, with an ability to pressure the passer and stuff the run. He has 37.5 sacks in 10 seasons with the Detroit Lions and Browns, and he has thrived in the middle of both 4-3 and 3-4 alignments.
“Shaun’s a different cat,” Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said, according to the Plain Dealer. “Shaun’s whole thing – and he’s stated a million times – is that he’s never been on a team that’s any good. Every team he’s ever been on has been bad. Right or wrong, I think it’s taken a toll on him.”
So much for his fairytale of playing for the Houston Texans, eh?
I would have liked to see Rogers play under Romeo Crennel, but it’s hard to get too broken up about losing out on a guy that is one silly mistake from a league suspension. Especially when you consider the quality of defensive line prospects available in April’s draft.
Also, we can’t ignore the fact that the Saints are much more likely to make a deep run in the playoffs next season than the Chiefs or the Texans for that matter. If Rogers really was focusing in on winning – what a concept — then there’s no way to argue with his decision.