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Rogers Asking the Browns to Be Released Becuase of Mangini?

There has already been rumblings that Eric Mangini and DT Shaun Rogers have not seen eye to eye, including the incident at an awards banquet where Mangini reportedly ignored Rogers. Now comes the bombshell from Adam Schefter at that Rogers wants out of Cleveland. Here is the tidbit:

As much as Eric Mangini has tried to change the culture in Cleveland, one of his biggest challenges now is changing the mind of Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.

Rogers has grown so disenchanted with the situation in Cleveland that he has asked the Browns not to pick up the $6 million option-bonus payment due to him next month, a source close to the defensive tackle said. Rogers would rather be released after one season with the Browns, despite still being owed another $15 million in guaranteed money.

The Browns said Rogers hasn’t asked them to be released.

Cutting Rogers would be difficult to do financially. If the Browns release Rogers, they would have to count more than $9.7 million against their salary cap.

Cleveland has no intention of getting rid of Rogers. It wants him back as the productive team member he was last season, when he was selected to the Pro Bowl. Mangini, according to those within the Cleveland organization, is still optimistic that he can change Rogers’ mind once the two men speak. Mangini is said to have recently reached out to Rogers. Those who know Rogers say his mind will not be changed.

Rogers was the best player for the Browns last season, and if they lose him because of an issue with the coach this early on, it would be a total nightmare way to start the new look Browns with Mangini at the helm.

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4 Responses to “Rogers Asking the Browns to Be Released Becuase of Mangini?”

  1. clayton says:

    Adam Schefter can’t be trusted on these reports. He is wrong more often than right. But I must admit it chills me to read it. The banquet incident was blown out of proportion according to SI (and yes I put some weight on that). Rogers had his pride hurt a bit by the apparent snub, but that happens in pro sports. There is no way that Kokinis and Mangini would allow this to happen. At least I hope not. We would be losing hands down the Team’s top performer last season and one of a handful of guys on the squad who are passionate about the game. If there is ANY truth to this, the team has to act immediately to squelch this and appease Rogers. To do otherwise would be disastrous in my opinion. Come on man!

  2. Dan B says:

    Way to go coach! The season has not even started and you have motivated our best player to want to leave after one year! Rogers a known head case actually played hard all season without compliant, and now after just a couple of months of the “New Era” wants to leave money on the table. Tell me coach it is about t he money.

    Maybe you didn’t learn ANYTHING from your mistakes in NY as far as player coach relations. Maybe the stories coming from Jet players and personnel about Napoleon Mangini were correct. Just Maybe Mr. Lerner should have spent just a little more time with his interviews and taken a little longer looking for the right coach.

    The downward spiral continues my fellow fans, and unfortunately I don’t think we have hit bottom yet, ANOTHER losing season (probably worse than last year), another year of abuse from other fans and the media. I hope Rogers stays and works like he did last year, but somehow I don’t see it happeneing.

    Mangini should have talked to rogers the day after he blew him off, especially after the news of it was all over the news. But no, he lets the situation fester to the point it is now. Now I am sure he and the Browns will try to make it that it is Roger’s fault and that he is just slipping back into his old ways. Funny he did not do that last year on a miserable team. SO thanks Randy, thanks Eric, I can’t wait for the season to start so it can end quicker so our abuse will be over for ANOTHER season!

  3. Jerrytown16 says:

    Losing Rogers is big, but if he doesn’t want to play for the Browns, send him back to Detroit for their two first round draft picks. I am sick of guys wearing the uniform who don’t want to. This draft is deep at DT, let’s go Kokinis, get it done.

  4. clayton says:

    Only the Lions would give up their first two draft picks for Rogers! Maybe we could trade Crennel to Detroit for the number one pick? We will throw in 30 red flags…

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