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Shaun Rogers, other released veterans become free agents now

Shaun Rogers AP

In response to the recent flurry of player cuts, including a large group that was dumped by the Browns on Wednesday, several of you have asked whether those folks can be signed now, or whether they must wait until March 4 to become free agents.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello advises that players with four or more years of service instantly become free agents upon being released.  For example, then, defensive lineman Shaun Rogers can be signed by another team between now and March 4.

If/when a lockout commences, all business will cease.  Until then, however, veteran player released from their contracts may join new teams — if/when new teams try to sign them.  (For players with fewer than four years of service, they must first pass through waivers.)

All that said, teams aren’t doing a whole lot of business right now, anyway.  With 490 players due to become free agents on March 4, precious few are re-signing with their current teams, possibly because owners want to keep money in their pockets — and thus out of the players’ pockets — as a work stoppage approaches.  Under that reasoning, there’s no reason for anyone to sign Shaun Rogers until after the labor situation is resolved.

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24 Responses to “Shaun Rogers, other released veterans become free agents now”
  1. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 9:58 AM

    free agents of what? no CBA
    maybe they can go to CFL!

  2. breeshasabush says: Feb 10, 2011 9:58 AM

    CMON SAINTS…. SIGN ROGERS!!!!

  3. medialovesthecowboys says: Feb 10, 2011 10:00 AM

    Who else thinks, Rogers is holding a regular sized water bottle in that pic?

  4. broncsfan says: Feb 10, 2011 10:06 AM

    Cue Al Davis signing a flurry of free agents and cackling maniacally.

  5. randolph32 says: Feb 10, 2011 10:10 AM

    Don’t you think there are some players out there who would be worth signing NOW, instead of waiting?

    I know the Bears could certainly use a big lug like Rogers to replace Tommy….

  6. big007hed says: Feb 10, 2011 10:11 AM

    Rogers would be a nice signing for any team that needs a veteran D-Lineman… He would be a nice fit on the Bucs

  7. obxastronaut says: Feb 10, 2011 10:14 AM

    jc1958coo says:
    Feb 10, 2011 9:58 AM

    free agents of what? no CBA
    maybe they can go to CFL!

    ———

    There is the UFL you know.

  8. motorcitykitties says: Feb 10, 2011 10:19 AM

    We’ve got a sack of warm cheeseburgers waiting for you in the D big baby, come on home!

  9. dccowboy says: Feb 10, 2011 10:31 AM

    “because owners want to keep money in their pockets — and thus out of the players’ pockets — as a work stoppage approaches. ”

    Doesn’t that leave the Owners open to a ‘collusion’ charge by the Union??

  10. richm2256 says: Feb 10, 2011 10:37 AM

    Under that reasoning, there’s no reason for anyone to sign Shaun Rogers until after the labor situation is resolved.
    ————————————————-
    Actualy Mike, just the OPPOSITE is true …… if a team truly wants Rogers, who doesn’t have to clear waivers, they can sign him NOW and not have to bid against 30 other teams after March 4. And from Roger’s perspective, he’ll be glad to sign a new deal NOW if he wants to have a deal in place before the uncertainty that post-March 4 date will have on the free agent signing situation (why would anyone sign a contract when there isn’t a clear idea of when or IF the games are going to be played?)

    This is indeed the time to sign a free agent!

  11. richm2256 says: Feb 10, 2011 10:42 AM

    dccowboy says:
    Feb 10, 2011 10:31 AM
    “because owners want to keep money in their pockets — and thus out of the players’ pockets — as a work stoppage approaches. ”

    Doesn’t that leave the Owners open to a ‘collusion’ charge by the Union??

    ————————————————-
    Not if every owner simultaneoulsy came to the same conclusion at the same time …… you know, on their own ……. without, ummm, talking to each other.

    Hey, it could happen.

  12. Akula says: Feb 10, 2011 10:52 AM

    WOW…Released by the Browns….now that’s cold water in your face….I’m just say’n

  13. dgforreal says: Feb 10, 2011 11:02 AM

    Bring that swag in the picture to Frisco Rogers.

  14. CKL says: Feb 10, 2011 11:58 AM

    Akula says: Feb 10, 2011 10:52 AM

    WOW…Released by the Browns….now that’s cold water in your face….I’m just say’n
    ___________________________
    Getting released by a sub 500 team isn’t always an indicator of how good a player is(which I am sure you know, perhaps your comment was more of a joke).

    Sometimes a scheme or regime change or a simple numbers game is more of the reason (like how the Pats got Woodhead..it was a numbers game…the Jets liked him). Granted Rogers has played 4-3 before which is what they are going to but Jauron doesn’t seem to be a guy who loves the big DTs.

  15. crumpledstiltskin says: Feb 10, 2011 12:05 PM

    Rogers isnt worth his 6 million salary anymore. He played only in nickle packages last year.

  16. fivetwos says: Feb 10, 2011 12:18 PM

    Maybe while we were on the horn with Aiello we could have asked how the accelerated signing bonus plays into cutting players now.

    No worries. I know if I keep nagging you’ll address that topic at some point.

  17. unfkwthabl says: Feb 10, 2011 12:54 PM

    oh gawd let rodgers come to kc

    we need a NT and he has worked under romeo and is relatively young

  18. cbusbrownie says: Feb 10, 2011 12:58 PM

    Go right ahead. Sign that fat, out of shape, never practicing, play 6 downs a game, gun toting through airport, I don’t care Shaun Rogers. He should help
    any team that needs an over 30, wish I could still play regularly, but I hate to work hard, and will give my best in my six plays per game, and stay in perfectly lousy shape D-lineman. Cleveland just got better with that loser gone.

  19. dbellina says: Feb 10, 2011 1:48 PM

    Shaun Rodgers should take over Fat Pat’s role on our D line.

  20. kingbattle says: Feb 10, 2011 1:59 PM

    Bout time to bring those talents to Philly…. We’d love to have you…

  21. southtexasraider says: Feb 10, 2011 2:58 PM

    broncsfan says Feb 10, 2011 10:06 AM
    Cue Al Davis signing a flurry of free agents and cackling maniacally
    ………………………………………………………………………………..

    says the donkey fan….
    LMAO!

    I’d worry about your own team right now donkey. worry about signing some of those free agents so yu dont get embarrassed by al davis twice a year like last year.

  22. trickbunny says: Feb 10, 2011 3:03 PM

    It’s strange that all these people want Rogers on their team. I guess that’s what happens when you base your opinion of someone’s abilities and motivation on the player they were 2-3 years ago.

    However, if you need the occasional FG blocked, then by all means, cough up the $5.5m.

  23. spartyfi says: Feb 10, 2011 3:22 PM

    unfkwthabl: Relatively young??? You do know he’s 31 right? And he was lazy at 25 with the Lions so I doubt he has suddenly become a work horse in his older age!

    Trust me, you don’t want this guy, especially for what he gets paid. He’s beyond his prime and he’s a headache. And a NT? In a 3-4? Do you know his best years have been in a 4-3 playing a DT not a NT?

    Too many flaws in your post….

  24. radrntn says: Feb 11, 2011 11:24 AM

    that is unless you are the redskins

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