Friday, February 29, 2008
Updated: March 1, 7:56 PM ET
Instead of Bengals, Browns land DT Shaun Rogers from Lions
ESPN.com news services
Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is being traded but not to the team that was first scheduled to acquire him.
After a deal fell through that sent Rogers to the Cincinnati Bengals for a third-round and fifth-round pick, the Lions rebounded by sending Rogers to Cleveland in exchange for a third-round choice and cornerback Leigh Bodden. Late Friday night, the Lions informed Rogers' agent, Kennard McGuire, that the trade with the Browns has been complete.
Rogers would join defensive tackle Corey Williams as part of a new Browns defensive line. Williams went to the Browns from the Packers Friday for a second-round draft choice. The Browns have used their first three draft choices in 2008 on trade.
The trade with the Bengals was apparently nixed by the league because of language issues in the trade agreement.
Rogers is often among the most dominant defensive players in the league. But he failed to live up to expectations at times because of weight and off-the-field problems.
He was at his best in November, when he lifted Detroit to a rout
over Denver and a 6-2 record.
The 6-foot-4, 340-pound Rogers intercepted a pass and rumbled 66
yards for a score, broke up a pass, had four quarterback hits and
2½ sacks, one of which he followed with a somersault. He had plenty
of chances to display his signature celebration, gesturing as if he
was ripping off his shirt, a la Superman.
"It's just his presence," Detroit coach Rod Marinelli said
last season. "I called him the server, because he keeps serving
sacks for everybody because he's so disruptive."
The Bengals, meanwhile, agreed to terms on a three-year contract with linebacker Dhani Jones.
Jones and linebacker Landon Johnson were two of the team's priorities to re-sign once free agency started Friday morning. Jones, who signed with the Bengals during the 2007 season after a number of linebacker injuries, was the first to reach an agreement. Talks continue with Johnson, who is an unrestricted free agent.
The Bengals lost safety Madieu Williams to the Vikings early Friday morning when he agreed to a six-year, $33 million contract.
Information from ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton and The Associated Press was used in this report.