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Shaun Rogers left $2 million on the table to sign with Saints

Shaun Rogers AP

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.

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62 Responses to “Shaun Rogers left $2 million on the table to sign with Saints”
  1. kamdaryda says: Mar 2, 2011 12:35 PM

    The Saints are a wining team? How about he took less money to be closer to his home of Houston TX.

  2. freedomispopular says: Mar 2, 2011 12:38 PM

    He’s still making $4 million. It’s not like he’s not making any money now.

  3. dbellina says: Mar 2, 2011 12:41 PM

    I bet the other team was the Vikings. But I’m happy for the guy and wish him success with the Saints.

  4. citizenstrange says: Mar 2, 2011 12:45 PM

    An even more admirable trait is to make whichever team you’re playing for a good team.

  5. biggerballz says: Mar 2, 2011 12:45 PM

    him and palmer really want to win, unlike 90% of players chasing $$$$

  6. jnbnet says: Mar 2, 2011 12:46 PM

    Best of luck. He will be thrilled to win 10 or 12 games. He has earned it.

  7. cereal blogger says: Mar 2, 2011 12:53 PM

    Sure I admire that, but I dont admire a dude who tries to take guns onto an air plane

  8. dixon29 says: Mar 2, 2011 12:55 PM

    He is only taking less money because he was overpaid to ride a stationary bike instead of practice the last two years. He also would only try when he felt like it. Do these two traits deserve admiration?

  9. hobartbaker says: Mar 2, 2011 12:57 PM

    Which table? Quick!

  10. lambeauleaper says: Mar 2, 2011 1:02 PM

    I like how it’s viewed as admirable for him to turn down more money to leave a crappy team and join a winning one, but LeBron is now viewed as the Devil for doing the same thing. Different sport, different circumstanaces, I know. But still.

  11. boysroll says: Mar 2, 2011 1:05 PM

    we all know the team was the 4skins. They are the only team that would be dumb enough to offer 6 million a yr as they want to replace fat al.

    It looks like Gregg Williams got to him and told him if you want to lose consistently as well as deal with total chaos go for it. He got hosed there too…great to see rogers hook up with a winner.

  12. robolundgren says: Mar 2, 2011 1:05 PM

    It’s hard to believe that he signed with them to win when he’s regarded as one of the lazier players in the league.

  13. brownmud says: Mar 2, 2011 1:08 PM

    Good luck to the Saints. Cleveland paid Mr. Rogers around $400,000.00 per tackle in 2010.

  14. coffinberry says: Mar 2, 2011 1:10 PM

    So The Redskins offered 6 mil.. How bout that.

  15. pvtsquiffy says: Mar 2, 2011 1:17 PM

    This guy is a disappointment. Rubin proved to be the best nose tackle on the Browns by far. Rogers would play 3 out of 10 downs if he was feeling good. Truly a lazy guy who never put forth the effort to be great.

  16. EJ says: Mar 2, 2011 1:19 PM

    That’s a trait to be admired.

    Not really, actually it makes Rogers look weak. Wouldn’t you just try harder, pushing teammates to be winners on a crappy team while earning an extra two million, instead of jumping on the bandwagon.
    I know most play to eventually hold the SB Champion title, but wouldn’t you rather earn it instead of just riding on the easy train?

  17. cbusbrownie says: Mar 2, 2011 1:29 PM

    Must have been the 2 sacks that really opened up those negotiations. S. Peyton, you can have this
    worn-out, broken-down, never practice until Friday, 14 tackles/year lazy ass, play when I’m damn well ready, S Rogers. A year too damn late for Cleveland. Addition by subtraction baby!

  18. brownsclown says: Mar 2, 2011 1:30 PM

    Wow. Two Million. That’s a lot of ribs. Even more than he can eat in a week! (And he moves like it!)

  19. savocabol1 says: Mar 2, 2011 1:35 PM

    Yeah real admirable that he is still going to be making 4 million to do his job.

  20. august1969 says: Mar 2, 2011 1:37 PM

    It’s admirable….unless you are his kids.

  21. Aint'sFan says: Mar 2, 2011 1:41 PM

    Saints are a winning team? Not really they have 286 wins vs. 383 losses. A .428 win percentage doesn’t equal winning team. 26 teams in the NFL have a better win percentage. If the Saints are a winning team, then Charlie Sheen is a great role model!!

  22. thefiesty1 says: Mar 2, 2011 1:46 PM

    Good for Shaun. I hope he doesn’t stave to death with such a low take home pay.

  23. aldavisisthenfl says: Mar 2, 2011 1:48 PM

    I can’t believe he turned down the Patriots………

  24. bucsballer says: Mar 2, 2011 1:51 PM

    For the guy who compared this to lebron ur an idiot. Lebron is look at as a villian because of how he did it. Because he gave up on his team in the playoffs. I didn’t see Rodgers sit there and spend an hour on tv telling me how he was gonna take his talents somewhere else. Lebrons a villian because of how he handled everything not because of the fact he left. Rodgers is a good player. Not sayin the classiest. But talented

  25. lakedog19352 says: Mar 2, 2011 1:54 PM

    This guy is a lazy slob. Take a look at his last year’s stats….17 tackles and 2 sacks? AND was benched numerous times. Can you say way overpaid?

  26. efcuttin says: Mar 2, 2011 2:13 PM

    To the 2 idiots that say The Saints are not a winning team… in the past 5 years we went to 2 NFC Championship games,winning one,and won a Super Bowl… only had 1 losing season the past 5 years(7-9 in 2007)…so yeah,they are a winning team NOW you morons… I really wish some of you “fans” find another sport because all you do is make real football fans look as bad as you dwellers of your mother’s basement types…

  27. thetooloftools says: Mar 2, 2011 2:24 PM

    Trust me, Rogers doesn’t leave ANYTHING on the table.

  28. voiceofrealism says: Mar 2, 2011 2:24 PM

    Yeah, you can’t compare Shaun to LeBron, the situations are nothing alike. I mean, Shaun took less money to leave Cleveland and go play for a team with better players so he would have a shot at winning a championship…..oh, nevermind.

  29. abr173rd says: Mar 2, 2011 2:28 PM

    It’s so funny to see people hating on the Saints of all teams. Either way I’m a little apprehensive about this guy due to his age and previous work ethic but if he indeed took a pay cut because he wants to have a shot at winning then I think if he stays healthy he will do his best to be a factor next season. I also hope the Saints front office know what there doing.

  30. Aint'sFan says: Mar 2, 2011 2:33 PM

    To the idiots that think going 286 – 383 over the span of the teams history = a winning team. Here’s a hint: YOU LOST MORE GAMES THAN YOU WON! how in the heck do you try and say you’re a winning team?

    The argument is the Saints are a winning team. You have Statistical Facts that say they aren’t and you try to justify it by using the “Past 5 years” Excuse?

    Check out the mirror real fast, there’s your idiot.

  31. Aint'sFan says: Mar 2, 2011 2:42 PM

    @efcuttin

    of the 32 NFL teams that Saints have a .500 record or higher (Head to Head) against only 10 teams. So you still call yourself a winning team?

    More than half of ALL NFL teams OWN the Saints (Head to Head records), and you’re a winning team? Keeping clicking those heals Dorthy, Your wish will come true!!

  32. jerruhjones says: Mar 2, 2011 2:49 PM

    He didn’t play for the Browns…he just wore the uniform.

  33. kemo12 says: Mar 2, 2011 2:50 PM

    It was the Washington Redskins who offered the $6 million.

    Trust me, I know.

  34. moseszd says: Mar 2, 2011 2:55 PM

    Sick and tired of losing no doubt.

  35. chriselliot says: Mar 2, 2011 2:56 PM

    Good luck with him the loser didn’t practice for 2 frickin years and only played an average of 14 playes a game!!

  36. crabboil says: Mar 2, 2011 3:00 PM

    since the beginning of the Sean Payton / Drew Brees era, the Saints have the best record in the NFC.

    Gregg Williams will motivate him, for sure.

  37. jwesty says: Mar 2, 2011 3:08 PM

    Fat tuesday gets a new meaning!

  38. cbusbrownie says: Mar 2, 2011 3:18 PM

    Sick of Losing? Are you kidding me? Does anyone see a common denominator here? Rogers plays for the Lions, they suck. Goes to Cleveland, no better.
    Maybe sucky over-rated players just don’t make up a winning team. Again, good luck coach Peyton getting him to show up, let alone play hard 2 plays in a row, 2 series in a row.

  39. farvefromover says: Mar 2, 2011 3:20 PM

    Cleveland = Whomp whomp

  40. crabboil says: Mar 2, 2011 3:39 PM

    it took the Steelers 40 something years to win a Super Bowl. the 49ers, too.

    up until about 10 years ago or so, the Patriots didn’t have a total winning record.

    the Saints are clearly on the right track. “Aint’sFan” just seems to have a little short guy syndrome going on…

  41. 504in860 says: Mar 2, 2011 3:52 PM

    How many of those teams with more franchise wins than the Saints have won a Super Bowl?

    I’ll wait.

  42. gallogj says: Mar 2, 2011 3:53 PM

    He’s one torn patellar tendon away from jumping off a bridge. He’ll have 2 million reasons to do it. Who turns down 2 million with the possibility of the first play at the first practice being his last play in the NFL?

    Signed – LeCharles Bently

  43. clintonrb says: Mar 2, 2011 4:13 PM

    this year the saints win 7 games..shauns bad luck continues

  44. 504in860 says: Mar 2, 2011 4:21 PM

    I must say though, that I love all the Saints hate…LOVE it!

  45. clintonrb says: Mar 2, 2011 4:35 PM

    lets see he went to new orleans, kansas city and washington..
    pioli would never pay 6 million to an aging injured player,
    so that leaves…the redskins..

    ..
    .

  46. trollaikman8 says: Mar 2, 2011 5:20 PM

    It might have been an incentive laden $6M that his fat as knew he would never reach.

    $4M is still way too much money for a guy his track record.
    At least the Saints go rid of another injury prone under achiever. Looking at you Shockey.

  47. borisbulldog says: Mar 2, 2011 5:35 PM

    Saints are done!

    Payton moved away from NO for a reason. Tightwad Tom Benson made Sean Payton pay Greg Williams $250K out of Payton’s salary to bring him to NO.

    They are imploding like the NY Gints!

  48. Aint'sFan says: Mar 2, 2011 5:42 PM

    504in860 says:
    Mar 2, 2011 3:52 PM
    How many of those teams with more franchise wins than the Saints have won a Super Bowl?

    I’ll wait.

    ________________________________

    OK Ready?

    Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, GB, Indy, KC, Miami, New England, NY Giants, NY Jets, Oakland, Pit, San Fran, STL, and Washington.

    16 if you’re having trouble counting. (that took 5 mins BTW)

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/

  49. efcuttin says: Mar 2, 2011 6:18 PM

    Hey Aint’s Fan,
    U weren’t hugged or kissed enough as a kid,huh??? Sure,you can bring up histrionics to back up your pathetic claim,but that does not change the fact that this team…this incarnation of the New Orleans Saints,is a winning team… Based on your username you sound like one of those turd chasers in Atlanta,or better yet one of those still-butt-hurt Vikings fans… Sean Payton’s record is that of a WINNER…so go and console yourself in Since 1967 jargon to make yourself feel better… I live in 2011,one year after winning the Lombardi Trophy…key word,WINNING!!!!

  50. efcuttin says: Mar 2, 2011 6:20 PM

    One more for Aints Fan… Since Sean Payton took over the Saints have the best record in the NFC… key words in this sentence are BEST,RECORD,IN,THE,NFC…. Now go back to crying in your car…

  51. Aint'sFan says: Mar 2, 2011 7:02 PM

    Well unless Sean Payton was the Saints coach begining in 1967, that comment means nada. Now Say and use whatever stats you feel like to lessen the blow, however numbers don’t lie 286 wins vs. 383 losses. You’re super bowl win, doesn’t erase losses. You can start looking back at the past 5 years, 10 years hell even last year, if that makes you feel better, Saints are NOT a winning team, they’ve lost more than they won. END-O-STORY.

    BTW Saints lost thier last game, so in 2011 they are not WINNING!!!!

    Not an Atlanta or Vikings Fan, I’m an Aint’s Fan.

  52. 504in860 says: Mar 2, 2011 7:13 PM

    OK Ready?

    Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, GB, Indy, KC, Miami, New England, NY Giants, NY Jets, Oakland, Pit, San Fran, STL, and Washington.

    16 if you’re having trouble counting. (that took 5 mins BTW)
    ————————————————

    Good for you! You’re not as dumb as you seem, but dumb nonetheless. Who’s your favorite team BTW?

  53. 504in860 says: Mar 2, 2011 7:33 PM

    Oh, and I did say more franchise WINS, not winning percentage, so that would eliminate the Ravens.

    Thanks for playing though.

  54. jaltreality says: Mar 2, 2011 7:50 PM

    What is this nonsense everyone is spewing? Clearly Rogers wanted to join a winning team that is winning in recent history. Why would an overall winning record over the team’s entire history be relevant to him? Saints do not have an overall winning record, but are a top competitive team in recent years, which is what Rogers apparently wanted.

  55. jimmylions says: Mar 2, 2011 8:15 PM

    “Shaun Rogers has spent most of his career as a good player on a bad team: …”

    That statement is factually incorrect. Who made that assessment? Shaun Rogers?

    Shaun Rogers has spent most of his career as a potentially good player who lacked conditioning and had a lousy work ethic. Even when he showed up to play, he wasn’t able to play 60 minutes. In Detroit, it was not uncommon for Rogers to pull himself off the field, on critical downs, because he was too winded to play. That’s not a “good player.”

    The truth is Shaun Rogers is directly responsible for some of those losses in Detroit.

    In Cleveland, Rogers also proved to be a useless waste of potential. There’s no good reason to expect him to be anything different with the Saints.

    Shaun Rogers could be a great player, but he lacks the character it takes to reach his potential. He dishonors his teammates with his lousy attitude and refusal to work hard enough to play like a champion.

    And let’s not forget his suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Way to let down your team Shaun.

  56. Aint'sFan says: Mar 3, 2011 7:13 AM

    504in860 says:
    Mar 2, 2011 7:33 PM
    Oh, and I did say more franchise WINS, not winning percentage, so that would eliminate the Ravens.

    Thanks for playing though.
    _______________________

    Whatever helps you sleep at night. LOL!!!!

  57. efcuttin says: Mar 3, 2011 7:56 AM

    jaltreality says:
    What is this nonsense everyone is spewing? Clearly Rogers wanted to join a winning team that is winning in recent history. Why would an overall winning record over the team’s entire history be relevant to him? Saints do not have an overall winning record, but are a top competitive team in recent years, which is what Rogers apparently wanted.
    ————————————————————————
    thanks for having some sense…this other jackass wants to bring “since 1967″ into a conversation that is clearly not about that…This is a what have you done for me lately league,and the Saints have won lately…which is what matters to those of us too young to care about the 60s,70s,or 80s…

  58. theRichardofCFT says: Mar 3, 2011 10:30 AM

    @efcuttin

    The argument is that the Saints are not a winning team. I’ve proved that. Now like I said if you want to put words in Rodger’s mouth, go ahead. A winning teams means just that a team that’s won more than they lost, you don’t throw out stuff over 5years because it makes your cry and go poopy on yourself. I get it, you’re a diehard Saints fan. But look at reality. Reality states that the Saints are a Losing team. Don’t like the 60, 70, or 80s? Try Since 1990 the Saints are STILL a losing team. How about the jackasses focus on the last 5 years, and everyone else focus on the truth.

  59. theRichardofCFT says: Mar 3, 2011 11:12 AM

    in case you are not smart enough to notice, I did change my name.

  60. 504in860 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:23 PM

    The stupidity of some NFL “fans” is astounding.

  61. thelmt82 says: Mar 5, 2011 12:18 PM

    He was a big force when he arrived in Cleveland in ’07. He made the pro bowl and helped the Browns to a 10-6 year. He would have made the playoffs had Derek Anderson not sucked beyond recognition in Cincinnati. The problem, besides the injuries in Cleveland, is the fact that when you run a 3-4, you can’t have a pass-rushing NT and be successful. If he didn’t have those injuries and not make $5.5M, I think the Browns would have brought him back. He’d be a nice talent beside Rubin in the new 4-3.

  62. sfsaintsfan says: Mar 7, 2011 12:22 AM

    It looks like Shaun Rogers wanted to play with a winner……

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