In a move likely meant to shed salary, the Browns released six players on Wednesday, headlined by NT Shaun Rogers.
First reported by Zac Jackson of FOX Sports Ohio, the team will let go of Rogers, who turns 32 in March. He was set to earn $5.5 million and a $500,000 roster bonus in 2011 despite starting just one game and registering two sacks in 2010.
Also let go by the team were OT John St. Clair, LB Eric Barton, TE Robert Royal, DL Kenyon Coleman and LB David Bowens. In total, the players were set to make more than $16 million next season.
The way we see it
Team president Mike Holmgren made major changes this offseason, including at head coach, and this move is the latest. It wouldn't be a surprise to see some of the defensive players wind up with the Cowboys, as former Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan now has the same title on the Dallas staff.
Rogers, the biggest name of the six released, is likely to get some offers, but it would be a shock if any team gave the 350-pound nose tackle a big-money deal whenever a new CBA is agreed upon and contracts can be negotiated.