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Shaun Rogers: Pursue or No? Part 1: Introduction

Shaun Rogers was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. During his time in the league, he has established himself as one of the most naturally gifted players at his position in football. This has shined through at times. He has made three Pro Bowls. Rogers has not always lived up to his potential, though.

He has struggled with injuries. He has clashed with coaches. He has lost control of his weight. He has been arrested more than once.

These issues led the Lions to trade him to the Browns in 2008. After an outstanding first year, Rogers and new coach Eric Mangini did not get along one bit from the outset. Rogers thought Mangini snubbed him. Mangini didn't like how Rogers frequently failed to maintain his assignments tying up blockers in his 3-4 scheme trying to make big plays. Combined with injuries, this pushed Rogers to a reserve role in 2010. Those injuries made a new front office regime sour on him.

It seems logical a new coaching staff might want to part ways, especially after likely hearing less than glowing things from the front office. For his part, Rogers is due $5.5 million in 2011. The team might not want to pay that kind of salary to a guy with that much baggage. It is worth noting that Rogers played his best ball in Detroit under new Cleveland defensive coordinator Dick Jauron, but there seems like a decent shot Rogers will either be released or traded.