Shaun Rogers’ agent responds to Tom Heckert

AP

Browns G.M. Tom Heckert recently stepped out of character and took a shot at recently-cut defensive lineman Shaun Rogers.

Heckert called Rogers a “different cat,” and Heckert explained that a career of losing with the Lions and Browns possibly has taken a toll on the veteran lineman, who has excelled both in the 4-3 and 3-4 fronts.

“I think if he went to a good team, things might change. I don’t know,” Heckert said.

Rogers’ agent, Kennard McGuire, has responded.

“I would defend my client as Mr. Heckert would defend the Browns,” McGuire said in a telephone interview with PFT.  “I am disappointed that he felt the need to state certain thoughts about Shaun after he was released, and I’m not sure what the statement ‘different cat’ really means.  I’m also not sure Mr. Heckert and Shaun ever really conversed, and I’m not sure about the trade or release, because we were told that the Browns did not want to trade Shaun when they had opportunities to do so.  As far as not being able to release him, we all know that the Browns could have released him at any time.”

Heckert attributed the inability to trade or cut Rogers to a $6.9 million base salary, which essentially became guaranteed once the 2010 regular season began.  But the Browns could have cut Rogers; the only catch is that they still would have had to pay him.  And his salary apparently wasn’t an impediment to a trade, if McGuire’s contention that the Browns had opportunities to trade Rogers is accurate.

Either way, McGuire and Rogers have no hard feelings.  “We do wish the Browns well as they work to get young and rebuild,” McGuire said.

As to the notion that Rogers is frustrated by playing for teams that have struggled, McGuire was candid.  “When you’re a competitor, I truly understand how losing affects you,” McGuire said.  “I don’t know many that want to become accustomed to losing.”

Rogers has 10 years in the league, and he’s never been to the postseason.  We’ve got a feeling that he’ll land with a team that has been to the postseason a time or two in the past decade, and that will be favored to return in 2011.

Rogers is expected to sign a new contract before March 4, when a lockout likely will begin absent a new labor deal.  He visited the Redskins on Friday, one day after being cut.

33 responses to “Shaun Rogers’ agent responds to Tom Heckert

  1. Playing 10 yrs in the league for the Lions and the Browns has got to be painful, but the Redskins would be suicidal.

  2. Shaun shows photographers the football he is going to use to “shove straight up Heckert’s ass next time, I see him”.

  3. Why doesn’t it suprise me he went to visit the Redskins first. I asked the question yesterday about who pisses away more money Dan Snyder, Al Davis, or Jerry Jones? Rogers is a beast and I would like to see him go to a winner but as far as 10yrs of losing taking it’s toll on him some of that he has to blame on himself because he signed the extension in cleveland and we all know cleveland really won’t matter… ever?

  4. Good god. He was cut and is no longer a brown. Meaning he’s no longer a concern for fans and the team. I’m sick of hearing about him.

  5. Heckert is 100% correct.
    Rogers mouthpiece is doing what he is supposed to say and do to defend his mealticket.
    His agent must not have watched his client play the past few years. Rogers is a part time player that plays when and if he wants to. The Browns no longer need to coddle players that make more then their worth. Good riddance, he will show up on another teams roster and have a few good plays and then end up like he did for the Browns on the active roster and injury report every week and practice only on the light workout days, ie. every Friday when the teams have a walk-thru, no pads.
    He couldn’t stop the run or play more then a few downs per game, but hey, he was able to help the police stop a drunk driver. At least he did something worthwhile in Cleveland besides steal a paycheck. I see no more big pay days for this “Big Baby”

  6. Don’t be shocked if Rodgers is not signed by another team. He probably will be resigned by the Browns to play DL paired with Rubin…at a much, much lower price. If Rodgers could show some “get up and go” and some incentive to play, Rodgers and Rubin together on the DL in the 4-3 would be great; and Roth as DE with those two big boys would be awesome.

  7. “We’ve got a feeling that he’ll land with a team that has been to the postseason a time or two in the past decade, and that will be favored to return in 2011.”

    ” He visited the Redskins on Friday, one day after being cut.”

    well these two things wouldn’t go hand in hand. Trust me, I’m a skins fan…

  8. If he is so great, lets see if Rob Ryan talks Jerry into signing him. I doubt it. He practiced maybe five times all year.

  9. Shaun come to the Niners, you will tear up the NFC West OL’s and you’d be a beast doing so…….
    We got the division this year, I’m being optimistic that their will be a season. It’s a guarantee you’ll go to the playoffs.
    P.s: The weather is much better in the West Coast.

  10. His last best chance at the playoffs was with the Lions in 2007. If he hadn’t taken the last half of the season off they may have actually made it. That’s the problem with Shaun, though. Sometimes, he just doesn’t want to show up. Lions go 6-2 to start the season and then Rogers checks out and they finish 7-9.

    Shaun Rogers has no idea what it takes to be a winner. If a winning team wants a guy that is nice to have, but cannot be counted on, go get him. If you’re a team that sees his value, talent and ability…. AND begin counting on him to display it on every snap…. you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

  11. Hey Shaun, the Pats need some depth on the D-Line … why don’t you bring your talents to New England?

  12. brownandorange1989

    Wait a minute…Isn’t the guy flapping his jaws YOUR GM? I agree with you …Shut up and MOVE ON..

    Let’s hope the Brownstains have more to talk about than a guy they released. I’m guessing they may not….They would have a parade in 2011 if they went 8-8……assuming they even play

  13. Rogers has immense talent but has never played up to that talent level. Maybe he only plays as hard as he feels like not as hard as he can?

  14. “Rogers has 10 years in the league, and he’s never been to the postseason. We’ve got a feeling that he’ll land with a team that has been to the postseason a time or two in the past decade, and that will be favored to return in 2011… He visited the Redskins on Friday, one day after being cut.”

    DOES NOT COMPUTE

  15. Rogers sounds alot like Fat Albert Haynesworth while he was with the Titans……..Good luck Redskins…

  16. @kevo: we’ve been rebuilding since Art fired Lord Belicheck.
    The key to signing Rogers?…mmmm….cheeseburgers…..mmmm

  17. “You would think that Browns would have learned that ‘addition by subtraction’ is the biggest myth in sports”

    Sincerely,

    Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow and Donte Stallworth

    ..

    enjoy the basement Browns fans….

  18. Don’t be shocked if he ends up on a really good team. The choice will ultimately be his, but if he goes for a chance at a ring instead of a payday I would be shocked if he didn’t end up with a team from this years playoffs. He has always been a good player, even after 10 years on 2 of the more woefull franchises in the league.

    Then again, put him on the Detroit line now and I would be frightened.

  19. For all you Cowboy fans…….

    Sign this guy at nose tackle, move Ratliff to end, and we’ll have a dominant front 3.

  20. Rogers agent: “I’m not sure what the statement ‘different cat’ really means.”

    “I’m also not sure Mr. Heckert and Shaun ever really conversed,”

    “…and I’m not sure about the trade or release, because we were told that the Browns did not want to trade Shaun when they had opportunities to do so.”

    Rogers agent doesn’t seem to be sure of anything. Way to stand up for your player. What a mealy mouthed response to Heckert just telling it like it is.

  21. Buy Jerri Jones enough drinks, get some $50 bimbo to stroke his leg, and convince him what a “steal” signing Big Baby would be. Bingo! Old JJ will think he out-snookered the rest of the Billionaire Boys Club (NFL).

    “We dun need no stinkin’ GM. Hell, I nose more than any of those other b*stards…”

    Good night, Mr. Jones

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