Shaun Rogers has made a lot of money during his 13-year NFL career, including the $20 million the Browns guaranteed him as part of a six-year, $42 million deal he signed in 2008. The two sides parted ways after the 2010 season, and the Saints gave Rogers $4 million more in 2011.
And now Rogers has signed a one-year deal to return to the Giants, where he spent last year on injured reserve. His salary in 2013: $1 million. But his salary drops drops to $433,000 if he ends up on injured reserve again.
We mention all this because when you've earned tens of millions of dollars, you apparently run out of things to spend it on (either that, or Rogers saw the Brewster's Millions re-runs on HBO). Which brings us to this: Rogers was in Miami last month, staying at the Fontainebleau. He went to a club with some friends, returned to his room with a newfound lady friend, and when he woke up the next afternoon he found neither the woman nor more than $440,000 worth of jewelry.
Details via CBS Miami:
Once he realized the woman wasn't there, Rogers told police he tried unsuccessfully to get into the room's safe. Hotel security then came to the room and was able to pry open the safe and found Rogers' valuables were missing.
Among the items Rogers said were stolen were: diamond earrings worth $100,000; two wristwatches worth a combined $160,000; a gold necklace with gold pendant worth $50,000; gold bracelets worth $60,000; and a diamond Cuban necklace with a gold pendant worth $70,000.
Doing the math, Rogers is out $440,000.
We know Roger Goodell is all about making the game safer and we get that, but how about harnessing some of that energy into teaching players why spending half-a-mil on jewelry isn't a sound investment strategy.
Yes, we know: These are grown men, they should know better.
And they should. But they don't. So we can either stand by and gawk or do something. Because, really, there's nothing sadder than reading about a former millionaire allegedly needing a $300,000 loan for his birthday party.