The New Orleans Saints were able to make one good move in free agency before the expiration of the CBA, and subsequent lockout of the NFL’s players by their respective teams at the direction of the league.
Veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was released by the Cleveland Browns after only three seasons. He in turn was able to meet with any NFL team he desired.
Rogers met with a few, including the Saints, but ultimately turned down a 6M dollar offer for New Orleans one-year 4M dollar deal.
It may seem odd to some that an NFL player toward the end of their career would turn down more money so easily, but Rogers desire to playe in a 4-3 scheme, and for a contender, was so great money simply wasn’t a consideration.
Rogers signing with the Saints has been met with mix reviews. Most fans agree his addition will help solidify the defensive line in the middle, a soft spot for the defense for far too long, others though seem to think otherwise.
Analysts meanwhile question how much he still has in the tank and how effective he can still be after a very unproductive 2010 season in Cleveland.
NFL Network analysts Fran Charles, Brian Baldinger and guest Willie McGinest recently criticized Cleveland for allowing Rogers to leave so easily in free agency. Essentially the Browns drafted Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor in the first round to replace him.