Slaughter Posted April 2, 2010 Report Share Posted April 2, 2010 Big Shawn Rodgers is taking a beating for the mistake he made yesterday at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The media and fans are relentlessly blasting with him for jeopardizing his playing career as well as subsequently diminishing his trade value. I have been reading all off season that the Browns should trade Big Shawn in order to maximize his value, due to his age and history of laziness. However, all we could get from him (pre arrest that is) was most likely a 4th or maybe a low 3rd. Maybe I am in the minority with this position, but I think that if we would have traded him for a mid round pick or package him in a deal for a mediocre player, it would have been a mistake. He is a playmaker on a team that lacks playmakers. He is a probowl Nose Tackle that eats up blockers and fits a 3-4 scheme perfectly. I know the Browns' Defense and Rubin played well after his injury, but I attribute that to more aggressive play calling and Mangini and Ryan desperately making changes to save their jobs. I think that Rodgers will be an even better player due to a revamped LB crew (Gocong, Fujida, Jackson, Roth) and now two solid CB's that can play man to man, not just zone (a la Brandon McDonald). Now that he is almost untradable, we may actually find out just how good he can be. Now, if you think about it, this incident really isn't that big of a deal. I think most of us realize that Rodgers did not intentionally try to sneak a gun on the plane. He was not going to Hijack a plane in the name of Jihad. He did have a concealed weapons permit, and is legally allowed to carry a concealed weapon in Ohio. Now, that being said, he was reckless in not checking his bag prior to going through security. For that fact alone, he will probably be suspended, but not for as long as you may think. This time last year, Marshawn Lynch was suspended by Goodell after pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in his car. He received a 3 game suspension. That's not that long for someone who was not suppose to have a gun in the first place. In 2007, Carolina Panthers OL Jeremy Bridges was suspended for 2 games for pointing a loaded gun at a stripper at a parking lot. 2 games... I would be surprised if Rodgers received more than a 3 game suspension. I can live with that. But I want him back on the field and in a Browns uniform for the rest of the season. As far as jail time... won't happen. Most he will get is probation. Remember, he has the money for great legal defense. Look, there is a reason why there are xray machines and metal detectors at the airport. It is to keep guns off airplanes. That is, either from terrorists, criminals and idiot gun owners who forget to disarm. As a former police officer, I personally know and have heard of several officers who mistakenly went through security with their duty weapons (of course, they weren't charged). It happens. I'm actually happy this happened. It was a victimless crime and something that is not as bad as people are making it out to be. It ensures that Rodgers will not be traded due to his trade value dwindling. I do not believe that the Browns will give up such an important piece of their defense for a low round pick or just release him because of a mistake that happens quite a bit. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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