The Cleveland Browns released nose tackle Shaun Rogers on Wednesday, and it didn't take long for the Washington Redskins to swing into action. Rogers will be at Redskins Park for a visit today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Washington Post reported that the talks between Rogers and the Redskins are "extremely preliminary." Rogers will turn 32 soon and he's coming off an unproductive season for the Browns (17 tackles, 2 sacks). Former Cleveland defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, now with the Cowboys, defended Rogers this past December and has always liked the player. If the Cowboys signed him, it would likely signal Jay Ratliff's move to defensive end.
Ratliff's coming off a down season by his standards and he's apparently open to a move. J.I. Halsell from the Post has some helpful analysis on what it might take to sign a player of Rogers' caliber. And ESPN.com AFC North blogger James Walker says that Rogers hasn't been the same player since a huge season in '08.
Rogers is by no means an elite player, but he could still be effective in the middle of a 3-4 scheme. But if you need a guy who can play all 16 games, Rogers isn't the man for the job.