The Cleveland Browns cut six players on Wednesday, most notably defensive tackle Shaun Rogers; the Bears should make a strong bid to pick him up.
The 350-pound-plus Rogers, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was slowed by injuries and played sparingly last season. He was due to make $5.5 million in 2011 with a $500,000 roster bonus and $100,000 workout bonus.
Rogers comes with some baggage – or at least a handgun in said baggage - and is certainly on the back 9 of his career but when you consider the help the Bears need along the defensive line, you’ve got to consider all options. It’s imperative the Bears get some help along the defensive front to get some push up the middle and collapse the pocket on opposing quarterbacks to help Peppers coming from the outside.
The Bears defense’s biggest stars – Urlacher, Peppers and Briggs – are on the wrong side of 30. Adding another 30-something doesn’t make a ton of sense for a group that needs to get younger, but 2011 could represent the last gasp for the aging Bears defense as we know it.
Don’t forget the connection between Rogers and Rod Marinelli, who used to coach him in Detroit where he was at the peak of his game. Rogers, who checks in at about 350 pounds is a beast up the middle and could be a disruptive force when properly motivated. Who better to motivate him than now-defensive coordinator Marinelli, widely regarded as one of the best at coaching up defensive linemen?