Friday, February 11, 2011
Shaun Rogers to visit Redskins today
By Calvin Watkins
There are some discussions around the league about nose tackle/defensive end Shaun Rogers.
The Cleveland Browns released him earlier this week and he will visit the Washington Redskins today. Rogers has about 10 teams on his list.
Rogers, however, did play for Rob Ryan, when he as the defensive coordinator in Cleveland. Ryan as you know is the new defensive coordinator in Dallas. It's not known if a visit to Dallas is forthcoming for Rogers.
Some in the Cowboys organazation believe Rogers can still play. How much to pay him and whether or not a move of Jay Ratliff to defensive end would work are the sticking points.
The Cowboys, at least when Wade Phillips was running the defense, loved Ratliff's quickness off the ball and his ability to make plays. He's a three-time Pro Bowler and in 2009 was named to the All-Pro team. The thing that stuck out about Ratliff in 2010 was he had zero tackles for loss. This coming off a 2009 season where he had a career-high eight tackles for loss.
Double-teams were a constant theme for Ratliff in 2010 leading to fewer plays on the ball.
The Cowboys should at least explore the possibility of moving Ratliff to defensive end due to his quickness especially if Rogers is available to them. But if Ryan thinks Rogers isn't worth going after then keep Ratliff where he is and try to make him a better player.
This will be an interesting year for Ratliff.
He has two years remaining on his contract, with a little more than $8 million, and is still young enough, turns 30 in August, where a new contract is warranted.
What position and how he plays in 2011 could determine his long-term future with the Cowboys.