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New York Giants Sign Former Pro Bowl DT Shaun Rogers

The New York Giants have shaken up their 2012 NFL Draft plans today, announcing the signing of former three time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.

One of the many needs for the Giants entering the draft was addressing the defensive line depth at both positions, but defensive tackled was arguably the thinner spot. Rocky Bernard and Jimmy Kennedy are currently unemployed, and 2011 second round pick Marvin Austin has not played a meaningful game since 2009.

The Rogers signing does nothing to the starting rotation of Chris Canty and Linval Joseph, but the 6’4”, 340 pound monster could be a force on first and second down and on the goal line.

Rogers was considered on of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL during his tenure with the Detroit Lions, the team that drafted him 61st overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. After the Lions traded him to the Cleveland Browns, he was mostly disappointing and not the run stopping force he once was. The swap to the 3-4 defense and playing nose tackle clearly affected his play.

The past two seasons he has started just five games between the Browns and New Orleans Saints.

Of course, given that Rogers is 33 years old, the Giants should not expect him to all of a sudden turn back the clock and be his old dominant self. The ceiling for Rogers with the Giants is being a rotational player that can clog up the middle and help the Giants’ run defense.

It wouldn’t be surprising for the Giants to still take a defensive tackle early, but it does erase any notions of them grabbing one early on.