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Rogers' weight key issue

Rogers' weight key issue

Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers has formally asked to be traded or released by the Browns and isn't likely to change his mind, a source close to Rogers said.

Browns coach Eric Mangini has been trying to call the disgruntled tackle, but it's not yet known if the two have talked.

Chances are, it wouldn't do much good anyway.

A Browns source said neither Rogers nor his representative has made any demands. Mangini did not immediately respond to a request to be interviewed.

Rogers is miffed not just about being snubbed by Mangini on two occasions, but also by a directive he received from an

unknown club official regarding

the off-season weight pro-


Despite playing all last season at his required weight - which was listed at 350 -Rogers was told by the Browns not to bother showing up for the off-season program on March 16 unless he was at a prescribed weight.

The mandate angered Rogers because he was in compliance with his weight all last season. What's more, he played on a sore knee much of the year and with a sore shoulder for most of the second half.

He left one game with a neck stinger and returned, never missing any time because of the injur-


Rogers came to Cleveland with a reputation for his weight ballooning in the second halves of seasons, especially in 2007 when it was said that he ran out of gas. That never happened here. In fact, Rogers played some of his best ball down the stretch in 2008, despite the fact the Browns were out of the playoff hunt and in disarray.

Rogers is also upset that the team failed to reach out to him even after they knew he was miffed about the snubs and the weight issue. The club knew that there was a sense of urgency on Rogers' part, but failed to respond until he asked to be released.

Only now is Mangini trying to contact Rogers, and it may very well be too late.

Rogers' agent, Kennard McGuire, made it clear Wednesday that Rogers' issues have nothing to do with money or his contract. In fact, he'd reportedly rather be released than earn the $15 million he's still owed, including a $6 million option bonus due next month.

The Browns would take a $9.7 million salary cap hit if they cut Rogers, according to NFL.com, but they have said they have no intentions of releasing him.

The unfortunate part - for Rogers and the Browns - is that Rogers was rejuvenated in Cleveland and had a Pro Bowl season after virtually being run out of Detroit, where he was viewed as lazy and underachieving. Rogers also rehabilitated his public image here.

He was the best player the Browns had on defense last season and the cornerstone of the 3-4 defense.

It appears now that Rogers would rather play elsewhere than deal with the new regime.

For his part, Mangini has said he values Rogers highly, wants him on the team and never meant to snub or show disrespect to him. It's not known if the weight mandate came from Mangini or someone else.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: mcabot@plaind.com, 216-999-4670

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: February 28, 2009

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