Cleveland decided to release Pro Bowl defensive lineman Shaun Rogers , known as “Big Baby” on Wednesday. Releasing Rogers, and five others, saved the Browns about $17 million in salary and bonuses.
The release of Rogers wasn’t only fueled by economic troubles. The Brown’s general manager, Tom Heckert, told The Plain Dealer‘s Tony Grossi. Heckert said that the team had grown tired of the veteran’s negative attitude and poor work ethic. According to Heckert, “Big Baby” earned his nickname by repeatedly saying that he has never been on a team that was any good.
The 10-year player was on the injury report almost all season with various ankle and hip injuries. Rogers would often skip all of the weekly practices. Rogers made the Pro Bowl in 2008, but this season, he only started once despite having the highest salary on the team.
The Browns will most likely be playing a 4-3 defense next season as opposed to a 3-4 defensive front.
Many teams were interested in Rogers, NFL reporter Jason La Canfora reports. Rogers will be meeting with the Washington Redskins on Friday. However, a league source reports that “Big Baby” is in no rush to sign with any team. More than a third of the league has contacted Rogers about negotiations.