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New Orleans Saints Could Bolster Run Defense With Veteran DT Shaun Rogers

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Three-time Pro Bowl and ten year veteran defensive tackle Shaun ‘Big Baby’ Rogers was released by the Cleveland Browns just days ago as new head coach Pat Shurmer attempts to reform the perpetually struggling franchise.

Rogers was acquired by the Browns in 2008 through a trade to take over as their starting nose tackle inside their 3-4 scheme, appearing in 42 games with 28 starts where he totaled 129 tackles, 8.5 sacks and five pass deflections.

In 2010 he was moved from nose tackle to defensive end but it was a move that did not suite Rogers skill set resulting in a career low seventeen tackles and two sacks. His ultra low production last season, coupled with his upcoming salary of nearly six million dollars, and the writing was on the wall.

Now free to sign with any team he desires the Saints should take Rogers into serious consideration for a spot, after all the primary focus this off season is to rebuild the defensive line and bolster their 16th ranked rush defense.

Last season the Saints played the majority of the year with only three defensive tackles on the roster — Sedrick Ellis, Remi Ayodele and Anthony Hargrove — and while the trio forms a pretty good backbone to the middle of the defense the Saints lack a true giant run stuffing nose tackle, and Rogers can be that guy.