Thursday, February 10, 2011, 8:03 p.m. UPDATED Friday, February 11, 6:43 p.m.
By Ryan OHalloran
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Keeping with the previous regime's tradition of pursing older players, the Redskins met with free agent nose tackle Shaun Rogers Friday, a league source said.
Rogers, 32 next month, was released by Cleveland during a roster purge last week as the Browns transition back to a 4-3 defensive scheme.
Rogers is eligible to be signed before March 4 because his Browns contract was terminated. Free-agents-to-be like the Redskins Santana Moss and Carlos Rogers cant talk to other teams until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
The Redskins represented Rogers' first free agent visit. Originally due 5 million by Cleveland next year, he is unlikely to get that kind of salary but will have plenty of suitors since half the NFL plays the 3-4 scheme that needs a wide body like Rogers (6 feet 4, 350 pounds) anchoring the defensive line.
The Redskins have vowed to stick with their 3-4 scheme and have a gaping hole at nose tackle and got very little production from the position last year.
Maake Kemoeatu played only 37.7 percent of the snaps (356 of 1,088) while returning from Achilles surgery and eventually going on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Very few of Albert Haynesworths 204 snaps came at nose tackle, and most of Anthony Bryants 165 snaps came late in the year.
Kemoeatu is a free agent and isnt expected to be back.
After consecutive Pro Bowl appearances in 2004 and 2005 when he was with Detroit, Rogers has been selected only once since (2008). He had 15 tackles and two sacks last year for the Browns. In 140 career games, Rogers has 37.5 sacks and 358 tackles.