In one the worst kept secrets in team history, the Detroit Lions released former Michigan State standout and second overall pick Charles Rogers on Saturday, part of 21 cuts to help mold the team's 53-man roster.
The move caps a four-year trial with the Saginaw native, who was expected to compliment quarterback Joey Harrington when he joined the team in 2003. Harrington, the third overall pick the season before, was traded to Miami earlier this year after an equally unproductive career in Detroit.
Pinner was a former fourth-round pick a few years ago, but had difficulty making a team that had a heavily loaded backfield. Butler, Davis, Matua and McCann were all draft choices between 2005 and 2006.
The team also dumped safety Marcus Dempts, wide receivers Devale Ellis and Glenn Martinez, defensive tackles Damian Gregory and Lynn McGruder, veteran center Brock Gutierrez, cornerbacks LaMarcus Hicks and Harrison Smith, tight end Sean McHugh, center and tight end Dave Pearson and offensive tackle Clint Stickdorn.
But the release of Rogers will likely send shockwaves through the rest of the National Football League. It will be chalked up as another draft day failure of maligned vice president Matt Millen, although it has been clear since the first week of training camp that Rogers' days were numbered.
Since joining the team, Rogers has amassed just 36 receptions for 440 yards and four touchdowns, all amid a career that was checkered with injuries and suspensions. Under new head coach Rod Marinelli, Rogers' showed instant progress, but both his interest and repetitions slowed to a halt during the team's training camp.
Below is Detroit's 53-man roster for the 2006 season:
WR 11 Roy Williams 88 Mike Williams 19 Shaun Bodiford (R)
LT 76 Jeff Backus 66 Jonathan Scott (R)
LG 73 Ross Verba (1) 61 Frank Davis (R)
C 51 Dominic Raiola 64 Rick DeMulling
RG 65 Damien Woody 68 Barry Stokes (1)
RT 74 Rex Tucker (1)
TE 89 Dan Campbell (1) 81 Marcus Pollard 82 Casey FitzSimmons
WR 17 Corey Bradford (1) 87 Mike Furrey (1) 18 Eddie Drummond
QB 8 Jon Kitna (1) 12 Josh McCown (1) 6 Dan Orlovsky
FB 30 Cory Schlesinger 24 Shawn Bryson
HB 34 Kevin Jones 33 Arlen Harris (1) 29 Brian Calhoun (R)
LE 78 Cory Redding 98 Kalimba Edwards
NT 75 Shaun Cody 94 Marcus Bell
UT 92 Shaun Rogers 91 Tyoka Jackson (1)
RE 96 James Hall 95 Jared DeVries
WLB 50 Ernie Sims (R) 59 Alex Lewis
MLB 97 Boss Bailey 57 LeVar Woods 55 Donté Curry
SLB 53 Paris Lenon 99 Anthony Cannon (R)
LCB 25 Fernando Bryant 23 Keith Smith 41 Jamar Fletcher
RCB 32 Dré Bly 31 Stanley Wilson
FS 42 Terrence Holt 38 Jon McGraw
SS 26 Kenoy Kennedy 27 Daniel Bullocks (R)
PK Jason Hanson
P Nick Harris
LS Don Muhlbach
KRPR Eddie Drummond
DE Bill Swancutt IR
OL Tyrone Hopson IR
FS Idrees Bashir IR
LB Teddy Lehman PUP
WR Scottie Vines PUP
(R) - Rookie \ (1) - First-year Lions player