The Cleveland Browns released defensive end Shaun Rogers on Wednesday, ending the veteran lineman's three-year run with the team. Rogers was not healthy most of last season and played in only a little over a third of the team's snaps. With the uncertainty of the Browns' defensive scheme next season, it was believed that Rogers would play a role in either one. Now it appears that the defensive line position will be an even greater priority for head coach general manager Tom Heckert.
Rogers wasn't the only player released. Here are the players who were released:
- DL Shaun Rogers
- DL Kenyon Coleman
- LB David Bowens
- LB Eric Barton
- TE Robert Royal
- OL John St. Clair
I can't complain about releasing the bottom five players. In fact, I particularly applaud the fact that St. Clair and Royal will not be returning next season. Barton, Bowens, and Coleman did what they were asked to for the Browns, but I think releasing them is the right move if we want to commit to a younger, faster defense.
Rogers was set to make $5.5 million next year with a $500,000 roster bonus. Combined, the Browns cleared $16.34 million by releasing all of the veterans above. What are your thoughts on these roster moves?