May 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (95) takes a break during the Giants OTA at the their training facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Giants General Manager, Jerry Reese, has always been a man of smart moves. He got blasted last season by fans and media for not making trades when his team was decimated by injuries in training camp and pre-season, yet they win the Super Bowl. That was soooo last year. As the NY Post is reporting, the Shaun Rogers signing is like the jelly of the month club, "Clark, that's the gift that just keeps on givin' the whole year." Indeed.
Obviously, Haynesworth cost the Redskins $30+ million more than the Rogers are costing the GMen, but let's review this timeline:
4/26/2012 - Giants sign Shaun Rogers to a 1-year, $925,000 contract. (They also kicked the tires on Haynesworth).
May-June 2012 - Rogers misses all of minicamp with a mysterious elbow injury. Media left in dark. (This sounds A LOT like the "injuries" Shanahan would make up to throw attention away from him being completely out of shape).
Training camp, 2012 - Rogers has already said he may not be ready for camp. Where are those conditioning tests when we need them? Haynesworth vs Rogers! I digress.
Training camp sure will be fun to watch. At what point do the Giants cut bait and eat that $925K? I'm sure the 33-year old Shaun Rogers is working real hard in his last month off.
Why did the Giants release Ballard?
Ballard tore his ACL in the Super Bowl and had microfracture surgery. The Giants assumed Ballard would clear waivers, re-sign with the team, and be placed on the injured list. The move cleared a spot on their 90-man roster in time for minicamp.