Shaun Rogers should be priority one


I think the trade I propose in this article is fair, on both sides. (Photo Credit: majorplanethdh.blogspot.com)A couple of hours ago a rumor broke that the Detroit Lions will be trading or releasing defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.  This might be the Oakland Raiders best chance to fill a major need, because there doesn’t look like there’s going to be any other starters at that position available during this off-season.  Picking up a struggling, but young, Pro Bowl DT would be a huge acquisition.  Rogers is the perfect fit for the Raiders 4-3 defensive scheme, and though he’s had some character issues, I don’t think it’s anything a change in scenery and a payday can’t fix.

Rogers would be up for grabs on the free-agent market, and frankly I don’t think the Raiders would be his first choice, but if the Lions agree in preliminary to a trade, then the Raiders would get a chance to talk to Rogers, and see if they can convince him.  The only way this trade works is if it entails exchanging 1st round picks.  Rogers is exactly the kind of player the Raiders need, and unfortunately the only draft picks that would be worth passing up on Rogers for (Chris Long, Glenn Dorsey) will be gone before the Raiders current 3rd or 4th overall pick (coin flip with Falcons at combine in 3 weeks to decide order).

The Lions don’t have to get anything out of the loss of Rogers, but the Raiders can change that by offering to exchange picks with them.  The Lions would get a top 5 prospect, and the Raiders would spend the money they would’ve spent on their original selection on Rogers.  The Raiders still need to focus on youth for the future, so the Lions 15th overall selection that the Raiders would receive could still give them a player who’ll make an immediate impact without costing them so much.

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  • http://www.w3.org/199 MartinTheMerciless

    One of the "character issues" Rogers has is most people think that he took the 2nd half of the season off.  Slackers are infectious. I’d like to see us improve via the draft, not other teams problem children. While I wouldn’t mind McFadden, we need to think D. You can’t win in the AFC West if you can’t stop the run. We have 6 games vs LT, LJ and the Denver clown car backfield. We have an opportunity to get a blue chip D-lineman. I like:1/ DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU2/ DE Chris Long, Virgina3/ DT Sedrick Ellis, USCThe teams drafting ahead of us have major QB and O-line issues. Jerry Jones (Arkansas alum) has 2 1st round picks  and might like Mcfadden. I would like to see us build a woop ass defense while we are waiting for JaMarcus to learn the ropes. It would be cool to see Howie’s kid in Silver and black.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian-Inside the Iggles

    I am wondering why the heck would the Lions want to get rid of this guy. I hear he is a great guy in the locker room and he produces on the field. So why is he getting dumped all of a sudden?