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Shaun Rogers left $2 million on the table to sign with Saints

Shaun Rogers

FILE - In this July 31, 2010, file photo, Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers walks from the field following the opening morning session of the NFL football team’s training camp in Berea, Ohio. On Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, the team terminated the contracts of some big-name players, including Rogers. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)


Shaun Rogers has spent most of his career as a good player on a bad team: In 10 NFL seasons with Detroit and Cleveland, the best team he ever played on was the 2007 Lions, who went 7-9.

Now he’s sick of the losing, and willing to take less money to play on a good team.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that Rogers turned down a chance to make about $6 million elsewhere to sign with the Saints for about $4 million, because he wants to be in New Orleans.

Of course, things change quickly in the NFL, and it’s entirely possible that the unnamed team offering $6 million will turn out to be better than the Saints in 2011. That’d be just Rogers’ luck.

But Rogers wants to play for a good team, even if it costs him money. That’s a trait to be admired.