There was some thought, after nose tackle Shaun Rogers was released by the Cleveland Browns last month, that the Dallas Cowboys could be one team interested in the big man’s services. New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan had spent the past two seasons with Rogers in Cleveland, after all, and was on record as speaking highly of Rogers’ talent.
If Dallas did acquire Rogers, it was thought, Jay Ratliff would be moved from nose tackle to defensive end; the Cowboys denied that they were considering moving Ratliff, however, which threw some doubt on the idea of “Big Baby” coming to town.
Whether Dallas ever had any substantial interest in Rogers, we don’t know and probably never will, as yesterday, the New Orleans Saints signed the veteran nose tackle to a one-year deal. The terms of the deal were unspecified, but the NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora reports that Rogers left $2 million on the table--he was reportedly offered $6 million, but will earn $4 million in New Orleans--to play for the Saints.
This decision was almost certainly motivated by Rogers’ history with losing teams; in ten seasons in the NFL, with the Detroit Lions and the Browns, the best team Rogers has played for was the 2007 Lions--who went 7-9.
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