Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tom Heckert got fed up with Shaun Rogers

Why did the Cleveland Browns terminate veteran nose guard Shaun Rogers' contract?
Seems they got tired of "Big Baby" having a bad attitude.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rogers wasn't particularly enthusiastic about practicing and was almost always on the injury report due to ankle and hip injuries. However, he only missed one game.
He was paid $6.9 million last season, but rarely played a high percentage of snaps.
"Shaun's a different cat," general manager Tom Heckert told the Cleveland 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. I think if he went to a good team, things might change. I don't know."
Heckert said the Browns couldn't trade or cut Rogers last year due to his high salary. And he wound up producing just 17 tackles, two sacks and one blocked field goal.
Heckert even referenced Rogers being fined for carrying a gun into baggage claim.
"Whose fault was that?" Heckert said.
Why did the Browns also cut defensive end Kenyon Coleman, linebackers Eric Barton and David Bowens, tight end Robert Royal and offensive tackle John St. Clair?
They're all on the wrong side of 30 years old.
"It's a combination of a lot of things, but age is the main thing," said Heckert, adding that they kept the players on the team at former coach Eric Mangini's request. "One of our goals is to get younger."
Sounds like a plan.

source:  National Football Post
author:  Aaron Wilson

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