Quiet before the storm?
Free agency is 12 hours old and all is quiet on the Shaun Rogers front. For now, the key domino to the Lions' offseason remains with the team. He's due a $1-million bonus in 12 hours, and the Lions are trying to deal him before the clock strikes midnight.
A couple defensive tackles already have been on the move today. According to reports, the Packers traded Corey Williams to the Browns for a second-round pick, and Carolina sent Kris Jenkins to the Jets for third- and fifth-rounders. What this means for Rogers is still unclear.
On one hand, it sets his trade value on the higher side. Rogers is a better pure talent than both Williams and Jenkins, but Williams is slightly younger and was franchised by the Packers (great move, by the way), and Jenkins is less of a malcontent. On the other, it might narrow the trading field, thus driving prices up and expediting a deal.
The Jets did inquire about Rogers, who'd be a better fit at nosetackle in their 3-4 defense than Jenkins, but I don't know they have room for both. Could the 350-pound Jenkins play end? New York already is trying to trade defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson, and the Broncos seem like the perfect fit. (Denver needs a tackle, but is in something of a bind because it doesn't have a third-round draft choice). Jacksonville's Marcus Stroud is the other big-name tackle on the market.
Stay tuned as I still think a deal still is likely today.