Saints Acquire LB Derrick Rodgers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The New Orleans Saints have acquired linebacker Derrick Rodgers from Miami for their seventh-round pick next year.
``Rodgers is the kind of player we have targeted for the defense since last season ended,″ coach Jim Haslett said Tuesday. ``He can fly to the ball and close gaps.″
Rodgers, 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, started 89 of 93 games at weakside linebacker for the Dolphins after being drafted in the third-round in 1997. In his career, he has posted 378 tackles (248 solo), nine sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions.
Rodgers’ teammates awarded him the Dolphins’ Leadership Award in 2000 and 2001. In 2002, he started 15 of 16 games and recorded 74 tackles and two interceptions.
Rodgers attended St. Augustine High School in New Orleans but played trumpet, not football. After graduating in 1989, he spent four years as a medical technician in the U.S. Air Force, more than two of them in Okinawa, Japan, and enrolled at Riverside (Calif.) Community College in 1994.
Rodgers played for Riverside for two seasons before attending Arizona State in 1996, where he was named first-team All-Pac-10 after posting 12 sacks.