The Saints announced today they have agreed to terms with free agent nose tackle Shaun Rogers on a one-year deal. Rogers was released by the Cleveland Browns a few weeks ago. He also made stops to visit with the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs.
The Browns fired head coahc Eric Mangini and brought in Pat Shurmur to rebuild the struggling franchise and he immediately purged the roster of veteran talent, including Rogers who’s role had been declining inside their 3-4 defense.
Before his stint with the Browns Rogers spent seven seasons with the Detroit Lions as their starting defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense, where he enjoyed his best seasons as a pro.
Rogers now gets to prove he still has some production left in him with the Saints and his addition is sure to help both the run defense and pass rush. Last season the Saints defense was ranked 16th in the league at stopping the run which allowed teams to hang around during games for far too long.
The Saints may also be interested in meeting with free agent defensive end Vernon Gholston, who was recently released by the Jets, and defensive takle Tommie Harris who was cut by the Bears.