Shaun Rogers has spent most of his career as a good player on a bad team: In 10 NFL seasons with Detroit and Cleveland, the best team he ever played on was the 2007 Lions, who went 7-9.
Now he’s sick of the losing, and willing to take less money to play on a good team.
Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that Rogers turned down a chance to make about $6 million elsewhere to sign with the Saints for about $4 million, because he wants to be in New Orleans.
Of course, things change quickly in the NFL, and it’s entirely possible that the unnamed team offering $6 million will turn out to be better than the Saints in 2011. That’d be just Rogers’ luck.
But Rogers wants to play for a good team, even if it costs him money. That’s a trait to be admired.