Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Shaun Rogers reportedly a no-show
Friday, March 20, 2009 Mary Kay Cabot
Plain Dealer Reporter
Apparently, the feud between Browns Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers and coach Eric Mangini has not been resolved.
Rogers skipped the first week of the Browns voluntary off-season program, which began Monday, according to ESPN.com. Rogers' agent, Kennard McGuire, reached by phone, declined to comment.
Last month, Rogers asked the Browns to release him from his six-year, $42 million contract after what he felt were two snubs by his new head coach.
Rogers was also miffed that his first contact from the new regime was a mandate to show up for the off-season 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.
Mangini reportedly has tried to reach out to Rogers, but it is unknown if the two have spoken.
Although the off-season program is voluntary, Mangini has made it clear he wants everyone to attend. The quickest way to end up in the doghouse of a new head coach is to boycott the optional workouts. The Browns have declined requests to say who's not showing up.
Rogers was upset that Mangini failed to introduce himself when they were in the media room together at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards Ceremony in January and in the weight room at the Browns facility. Mangini said he didn't see Rogers in the media room and that he was planning on having one-on-ones with all the players once the off-season program began.
The Browns announced the signing of former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy, who spent time with the Browns during training camp in 2000.
Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but it's one-year deal, according to profootballtalk.com.
Ivy, who will turn 32 on March 29, is a ninth-year pro who spent the past three seasons with Baltimore.
Originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma in 1999, Ivy (5-9, 190) spent time on their practice squad that year. He signed with Tampa Bay in 2001 and spent four seasons with the Bucs, helping them win a Super Bowl following the 2002 season.
He spent one season with the Rams before signing with the Ravens in 2006. He's started 21 of his 110 regular season games, recording 209 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three interceptions, 37 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He's also been a mainstay on special teams where he has registered 96 stops. In 2007, he started 13 games for the Ravens and had 63 tackles, three sacks and an interception.
Re: Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Shaun Rogers reportedly a no-show
Mangini doesn't appear to be making any friends since coming into the organization.