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20 Nov 2005

Lions File Grievance Against Rogers

The Lions are going after the bonus money they gave Michael David Smith's favorite receiver, Charles Rogers. Detroit is trying to get Rogers to give back the entire $10.184 million signing bonus the Lions gave him in 2003 because of his four game suspension for substance abuse. As ProFootballTalk.com points out, NFL player contracts these days have a clause included that allows teams to recover signing bonuses if a player has a "default," which can occur if a player is suspended.

Posted by: Al Bogdan on 20 Nov 2005

9 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2005, 6:39pm by buddha


by Michael David Smith :: Sun, 11/20/2005 - 11:13pm

For the first time in five years that Matt Millen has run the team, I actually think the front office is doing something right.

by admin :: Sun, 11/20/2005 - 11:24pm

In other news, Michael David Smith has joined and it is now a class action suit.

by Trogdor (not verified) :: Sun, 11/20/2005 - 11:54pm

But he's not a bust, oh no.

by Bill (not verified) :: Mon, 11/21/2005 - 1:03am

Are you guys going to file a similar lawsuit against Kevin Jones?

by Meat Lockyard (not verified) :: Mon, 11/21/2005 - 6:02am

"JimBob Bocephus over at FootballMoron.com"

This is a made-up thing, and a joke, right? I was excited to check that guy out, for a minute there!

by Meat Lockyard (not verified) :: Mon, 11/21/2005 - 6:21am

oops, meant that comment for the Shaun Alexander thread...

by buddha (not verified) :: Mon, 11/21/2005 - 12:59pm

What's worse? Being a Cardinals fan, a Lions fan or a Saints fan?

I'm worried that they might cut Rogers. But only for one reason. This means they'll draft another wide receiver number one next year.

After all, they need to have that many good receivers in order to make Mariucci's offense work. It's not like any old waiver wire free agent can run four yards and turn around on 3rd and 6. THAT takes talent.

by Kibbles (not verified) :: Mon, 11/21/2005 - 3:40pm

Re #7: Saints fan, no question. At least Detroit isn't underwater and at risk of losing its team.

Besides, if you want to talk consistant futility, Atlanta STILL has never put together back-to-back winning seasons, and they're also the only team more than 10 years old that doesn't have a hall-of-famer.

by buddha (not verified) :: Tue, 11/22/2005 - 6:39pm

#8, wait? You mean Michael Vick isn't in the Hall of Fame? : )