Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Chiefs' pursuit of Rogers makes sense
By Bill Williamson
The Kansas City Chiefs are not resting on their unexpected AFC West championship.
The Chiefs have jumped in the mix for one of the few quality players currently available. Veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is visiting the Chiefs on Tuesday. He was just cut by Cleveland.
Rogers played for Kansas City defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel in Cleveland in 2008. Rogers has been known as a better fit for the 4-3 defense. But clearly Crennel feels comfortable that he could be effective in the Chiefs’ 3-4 defenses, which Rogers played in Cleveland.
The Chiefs have a need at nose tackle and the massive Rogers could be a big addition. He is a terrific run stuffer and he’d be a good fit with a young, improving defense in Kansas City. Rogers is 32, and he has had off-the-field issues. But when he is playing at his best, he is still a dominate player.
It is worth Kansas City’s while to, at least, explore signing Rogers. Because of the uncertainty of the labor dispute, signing a quality player like Rogers now may be too tempting for the Chiefs to bypass. He’d be a great start to the offseason improvement plan.