Unhappy Browns DT Shaun Rogers reportedly hasn’t shown up this week for the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Browns aren’t confirming who is attending the workouts.
Rogers asked the Browns for his release last month from a lucrative contract after what he viewed as snubs by new coach Eric Mangini. The first time, Mangini walked into the Browns’ training room and failed to say hello to Rogers. The next time, at a public charity function in which both men were in the green room, neither said hello to the other, and Mangini later said he didn’t know Rogers was there.
But Rogers was also unhappy with another issue, the Plain Dealer reported.
- Rogers was also miffed that his first contact from the new regime was a mandate to show up for the offseason program at a prescribed weight, a source said. Rogers felt that because he played hurt the second half of last season and was in compliance with his weight requirement all year, such a command was unnecessary.
- Rogers had asked the Browns not to pay him the $6 million option bonus he was due this month and to release him instead, a source said. But the Browns had no intentions of releasing their top defensive player, a source close to the team said.
Rogers is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, including a trip to Hawaii following the 2008 season. He tallied 76 tackles and 4.5 sacks during the Browns’ disappointing 4-12 season.