Big Man on Campus

Could the Kansas City Chiefs dip into the free agent market prior to March? On Tuesday afternoon, they hosted a potential anchor for their 2011 defensive line.

According to Pro Football Talk former Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is in Kansas City today to visit the Chiefs. Rogers, who was cut by the Browns last week, has already visited the Washington Redskins.

The Chiefs are in need of a behemoth sized defensive tackle that can occupy space in the middle of their 3-4 defensive schemes. Rogers, despite the fact he'll be turning 32 on March 12th, still has some NFL years left in him.

However the knock on Rogers is that he only plays well when he's motivated. And after Browns General Manager Tom Heckert referred to Rogers as a ‘different cat' - you have to wonder what's really left in his motivational tank.

But as the premier nose tackle on the market – at least for the time being until a new CBA can be negotiated – he might be able to land some quick riches.

Still he has to find the right fit. And Kansas City would appear to be a perfect match for Rogers. He can be reunited with his former Head Coach Romeo Crennel, who runs the Chiefs defense. Rogers played for Crennel back in 2008 so each knows the other very well.

The Chiefs are desperately thin at defensive tackle. Ron Edwards is a pending free agent but at 6 feet tall and a mere 300 pounds, he'd not an ideal candidate to play in KC's defense in 2011. However. Rogers who packs some thirty pounds more of girth is a more prototypical defensive tackle to fit Crennel's system.

The Chiefs heavily scouted defensive tackles at the Senior Bowl but generally, even the cream of the crop, take a few years to develop. But if Kansas City were able to get a year or two out of Rogers, they could draft his replacement in round two or three in April's NFL draft.

Still you have to wonder if his visit on Tuesday has more to do with driving up his value in Washington. There is little doubt the Redskins are going to dump their own defensive tackle, Albert Haynesworth at some point. That means Rogers, who hopes to cash in on team owner Daniel Snyder's financial generosity, may just be using the Chiefs to get a better deal on the right coast.

Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for more on the developing situation between the Chiefs and Shaun Rogers.

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