DETROIT -- The NFL Management Council and NFL Players
Association waived a scheduled hearing involving the Detroit Lions
and Charles Rogers, handling the grievance with a conference call
and submitted briefs.
The conference call was Tuesday, a day before the rescheduled
hearing was to be held in the Detroit area, according to Lions
executive vice president Tom Lewand.
An arbitrator, with no timetable, will decide if Rogers must pay
back the Lions more than $10 million of the former receiver's
$14 million-plus signing bonus because he was suspended in 2005 for
violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
If the ruling is in the Lions' favor, the club would get
salary-cap relief the season after it collects the money from Rogers.
Messages seeking comment were left on Rogers' cell phone Wednesday.
Rogers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft, was cut by
Detroit just before last season. He has failed to land with another
team despite a handful of workouts.
The former Michigan State star signed a six-year contract that
could have been worth nearly $55 million. He played five games as a
rookie, scoring twice in his debut, before a broken collarbone
ended his season. In the 2004 opener, he had the same season-ending injury.
In 15 games over three seasons, Rogers caught 36 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns.