Interest in Rogers is proof that Dan Snyder will never learn

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder watches warm ups before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on August 21, 2010. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn

When Shaun Rogers wants to play, he’s a fine player. He’s versatile in that he can play in either the 4-3 or 3-4 and in the right situation, the 31-year-old would be a good fit as a stopgap for one or two years.

The problem with Rogers is that he’s lazy and someone will be willing to overpay for his services. So naturally Dan Snyder is interested.

Two days after the Browns released him, Rogers was already at Redskins Park meeting with team officials. It makes sense that Snyder and Co. would be intrigued by a player like Rogers, who has a questionable attitude and is unwilling to practice. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes, because of the Browns’ inability to get him on the practice field during the week (in addition to other injuries along the defensive line), coaches had to devise schemes that used as few lineman as possible because that’s how they practiced during the week.

Does this sound like a player that most teams would want to add? Again, if a team was able to sign him to a reasonable contract, then you could do worse than having Shaun Rogers in a defensive line rotation. A team like the Patriots could handle him because he’d shut up and play for the opportunity to win a ring (just like Corey Dillon did in ’04).

But when has Snyder ever signed a free agent to a reasonable contract? In case anyone needs a reminder, the Skins still employ Albert Haynesworth – the same Albert Haynesworth who stole $100 million and who has been a total malcontent since arriving in D.C. Why would Washington want to replace one headache with another?

Redskin fans will argue that Snyder doesn’t run the team anymore – Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan do. But Snyder clearly still sets the tone. A mere hours before the Skins got the beating of a lifetime by the Eagles on national television, the front office signed Donovan McNabb to a five-year extension worth $70 million. Are we to believe that Shanahan was at the forefront of that deal? The same Shanahan who benched McNabb for Rex Grossman late in the year? No? It was GM Bruce Allen? So the GM signed a quarterback to a new deal even though his head coach was unsure whether or not he could run his offense? That…doesn’t…sound…

I know, I know – if they cut McNabb then they only owe him $3.75 million. The bottom line is that the timing of it all reeked of Snyder. There are many problems with the Redskins owner but the biggest issue holding the team back is his unwillingness to rebuild. He says he’s allowing the football minds in his front office to run the show and yet the team is still making questionable decisions. The Packers and Steelers reached the Super Bowl because they’re two teams that draft incredibly well. When was the last time the Redskins had a great draft? Try never under Snyder. His belief is that if you throw enough money at free agents, eventually you’ll buy a Super Bowl. The NFL is a copycat league but instead of trying to copy the success that the Packers, Steelers and Patriots have had, Snyder refuses to do things the right way.

What the Skins need to do is shed their overpriced, past-their-prime talent and rebuild through the draft for the next three years. But they won’t because Snyder has no concept of long-term plans. Maybe things will be different now that Shanahan is in charge and I’ll eat crow in a couple of years. But even having interest in a player like Rogers is like adding a new verse to a very old, familiar tune when it comes to this team.

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Robaire Smith latest Brown to get caught with loaded gun at airport

Note to self: Never go to the airport with a defensive linemen from the Cleveland Browns, because chances are they’ll get caught with a loaded gun in their carry-on bag.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Browns defensive Robaire Smith, who was with fellow defensive lineman Shaun Rogers when he was arrested for having a loaded gun in his carry-on at the airport, is now facing charges for the same thing, the Flint Journal reported today.

But if you’re wondering why Smith didn’t learn from Rogers’ mistake, Smith’s incident happened first.

Smith, 32, was going through security at Bishop Airport in Flint, Mich. on Nov. 6 when a loaded gun was found in his carry-on. Rogers was arrested April 1st after a loaded gun was found in his bag at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. He pleaded not guilty and is awaiting a court date.

Like Rogers, Smith told airport security he forgot the gun was in his bag. The gun was confiscated and he was released pending further investigation. Leyton issued the charge on Thursday, misdemeanor possession of a firearm in a sterile area of a commercial airport. It carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

This is outstanding. You wouldn’t even see this kind of story play out in a movie because people would think it’s too ridiculous and unrealistic. Yet this is all true! All of it!

I would have loved to have seen Smith’s face when Rogers was busted with his gun:

“Wait…you too?! Dude, the same thing happened to me like five months ago! Yeah, no, I’m totally serious – same exact thing.”

I’ll pose the same question here as I did when Rogers was arrested: How could anyone forget that they have a loaded freaking weapon on them in an airport? I freak out when I think my toothpaste tube is too big and I have to carry it on a plane, yet these guys completely forget that they’re packing heat. Un-real.

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What was Rogers doing with a loaded gun?

A police report says the gun that Browns’ defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was carrying in his bag through a Cleveland airport last week was cocked with one bullet in the chamber. Apparently, there were seven bullets total in the semiautomatic handgun, which was on safe mode at the time.

Here’s a question: What was Rogers doing walking through airport security with a loaded handgun? Hopefully he’s just a colossal moron and didn’t have intensions of shooting anyone, but you never know. Besides shooting someone or something, why would anyone (police officers not included, of course) carry a loaded weapon on them? For protection? Rogers is 6-4 and 350 pounds – who the hell would mess with him? I know he’s an athlete and other players (Dunta Robinson for example) have had issues with people attempting to rob them, but Rogers should have taken the proper measures to ensure that this wouldn’t have happened. And thank God airport security caught him seeing as how he was trying to get the gun through security and onto the plane.

Rogers doesn’t appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed, but this is dumb even for him. He’s already told the Browns and their fans that he didn’t mean to take the gun through the airport, but who forgets that they have a loaded weapon in their carry-on bag? If he’s that careless, then he shouldn’t have possession of a gun in the first place.

He has pleaded not guilty to a concealed weapons charge, but for the sake of our society, let’s hope that a judge doesn’t buy his, “Whoops, forget that was in there!” excuse.

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Browns’ Shaun Rogers formally charged

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers has been formally charged with carrying a concealed weapon into Hopkins International Airport.

A Cleveland city prosecutor filed the fourth-degree felony charge alleging that Rogers carried a .45-caliber Kimber semiautomatic with eight rounds in his carry-on luggage at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. A police report said the gun’s hammer was cocked in “safe mode.”

Rogers, 31, told officers that he had forgotten the gun was in his bag and that he carried it for personal safety during travel. Police say Rogers has a license in Michigan to carry a concealed weapon.

Even if he is not convicted, Rogers could face suspension from the league for violating its strict personal-conduct policy for players. He was suspended for four games in 2006 while with Detroit for violating the substance-abuse policy.

As the article notes, this incident could put Rogers’ future with the Browns in jeopardy. This is the last thing that new team president Mike Holmgren wants to deal with while trying to put together his roster and seeing as how he has already traded Brady Quinn and Kamerion Wimbley, he probably wouldn’t hesitate to trade Rogers. (If any team wants him after this incident, that is.)

Chances are that Rogers will wind up wearing brown and orange again next season, but his long-term future in Cleveland is up in the air.

Shaun Rogers arrested for gun possession at airport

WOIO-TV in Cleveland is reporting that Browns’ defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was arrested on Thursday for gun possession at Hopkins airport in Cleveland. The Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms the report.

19 Action News has learn Cleveland Browns Defensive lineman Shaun Rogers has been arrested at Hopkins airport with a gun.

It happened as the NFL’er was about to board a flight around 12:30PM Thursday afternoon. The gun was discovered in a bag. Apparently, Rogers told officers he forgot the gun was in there.

No further details are available at this time.

Sometimes I forget that I have a liquid that’s too big when walking through security and authorities have to confiscate it. But I’m pretty sure that I would remember if I had a freaking weapon in my bag. I’m sure Rogers wasn’t going to use it on the plane, but if he’s careless enough to forget that he’s traveling with a gun, then he shouldn’t own one in the first place.

There was some speculation that the Browns might try to trade Rogers this offseason, but they recently admitted that they were inclined to keep the DT unless they were made an offer that they couldn’t refuse. Whether or not they wanted to trade him, they can’t now after this incident.

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