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Shaun Rogers’ agent responds to Tom Heckert

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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.

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33 Responses to “Shaun Rogers’ agent responds to Tom Heckert”
  1. rudy112 says: Feb 13, 2011 2:11 PM

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

  2. trigdaddy says: Feb 13, 2011 2:15 PM

    I’d rather the Eagles sign this guy then take their chances on Haynesworth.

  3. hobartbaker says: Feb 13, 2011 2:17 PM

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

  4. j0esixpack says: Feb 13, 2011 2:20 PM

    Meow!

  5. hosmachine says: Feb 13, 2011 2:27 PM

    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?

  6. brownandorange1989 says: Feb 13, 2011 2:32 PM

    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.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Feb 13, 2011 3:21 PM

    Go to the cow babies and finish your great career on another losing team.

  8. kevo126 says: Feb 13, 2011 3:26 PM

    “We do wish the Browns well as they work to get young and rebuild,”

    havent they been rebuilding since 1999???

  9. johnnydom says: Feb 13, 2011 3:35 PM

    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”

  10. mayfieldroadboy says: Feb 13, 2011 3:37 PM

    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.

  11. tombreck says: Feb 13, 2011 4:09 PM

    This story wasn’t worth the 2 minutes it took to read.

  12. johnny1979 says: Feb 13, 2011 4:11 PM

    He’d look good with Rex Ryan coaching him! Go to the Jets big Shaun!

  13. thetooloftools says: Feb 13, 2011 4:13 PM

    Take 1$ and play for the Patriots if he wants it that bad!

  14. jc1958cool says: Feb 13, 2011 4:14 PM

    is he going for the $$$, washington or does he really want to be on a winning team!

  15. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 13, 2011 4:19 PM

    “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…

  16. ArtModellsPimp says: Feb 13, 2011 5:00 PM

    Hobartbaker = overgrown child

  17. ytownie says: Feb 13, 2011 5:05 PM

    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.

  18. cali884 says: Feb 13, 2011 5:14 PM

    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.

  19. linebusy says: Feb 13, 2011 5:30 PM

    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.

  20. ilaughatitall says: Feb 13, 2011 5:49 PM

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

  21. axespray says: Feb 13, 2011 6:40 PM

    Atl, Phi, NYJ, WSH, Min, or someone that can pay and somewhat be successful.

  22. miamiron says: Feb 13, 2011 7:22 PM

    Rogers was “Albert Haynesworth”
    before Albert Haynesworth

  23. dubs7 says: Feb 13, 2011 7:24 PM

    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

  24. bullpuppy552 says: Feb 13, 2011 7:50 PM

    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?

  25. uwsptke says: Feb 13, 2011 9:22 PM

    “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

  26. titans5298 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:29 PM

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

  27. goldsteel says: Feb 13, 2011 10:22 PM

    Here’s hoping he signs with the Steelers.

    GO STEELERS!

  28. ernestbynershands says: Feb 13, 2011 11:23 PM

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

  29. sportsmediacritic says: Feb 14, 2011 1:23 AM

    “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….

  30. loytomaki says: Feb 14, 2011 4:47 AM

    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.

  31. cwt123 says: Feb 14, 2011 9:45 AM

    For all you Cowboy fans…….

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

  32. trickbunny says: Feb 14, 2011 4:47 PM

    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.

  33. oldcracker says: Feb 14, 2011 10:36 PM

    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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