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Should the Chargers Sign Shaun Rogers?

Shaun Rogers is one of the best DTs in the NFL. At least at one point he was. Shaun was Warren Sapp, if Warren Sapp spent his career rotting away on truly awful teams in cities that were falling apart.

Take a second and look at Shaun Rogers' career statistics. Go ahead, I'll wait.......I KNOW, RIGHT?!? Some of those stats are just absurd. In 2008 he had SEVENTY-FIVE tackles. Was he playing Middle Linebacker? And that wasn't even that rare! Here are the number of tackles he had in his first four NFL seasons: 81, 48, 58, 68. Each of those seasons he also averaged about 3 sacks per season. Talk about a run-stopper.

In 2007, he had 7 sacks and an interception (that he returned 66 yards for a TD). He was then subsequently traded to the Cleveland Browns, and now he (along with just about every other guy that Eric Mangini traded for) has been cut from the Browns and is an unrestricted free agent.

At 31 years old (32 next month), Rogers is a bit more like Jamal Williams than he is Ndamukong Suh, but something tells me the chance to play on the team of his choice might invigorate big Shaun for a year or two of spectacular play.

I do not really expect Travis Johnson to be signed back to the Chargers, and I think Jacques Cesaire will be allowed to walk too if the team finds an upgrade. If Shaun Rogers were at the point in his career/life where he'd like to come to Southern California and play for a winning franchise, I could see him signing on with a "San Diego Discount" and forming a scary defensive line along with Antonio Garay, Luis Castillo and Co. Think that might help Larry English?

Not to go off on too much of a tangent, but since Igor Olshansky left that OLB position opposite Shaun Phillips has never been the same. Sure, Shawne Merriman was injured, but when he was healthy he wasn't great. Maybe part of that had to do with the drop-off at that DE spot? Maybe all Larry English needs is the same support in front of him that Merriman had during his dominant seasons.

Shaun Rogers

#92 / Free Agent



Mar 12, 1979