On Richard I's accession in 1189, Roger was made Earl of Norfolk and Constable of Norwich Castle, continuing a family tradition. He inherited his father Hugh Bigod's position as royal steward, and built Framlingham Castle in Suffolk. In 1214, Roger sided with the feudal barons who rebelled against King John. Roger and his son Hugh were excommunicated by the Pope for their part in the revolt. By 1217, he had made peace with the new King Henry III and was reinstated as Constable.