The Browns have signed DE Frostee Rucker, strengthening their pass rush while at the same time weakening a division rival. Rucker signed a five-year worth $21 million, including $8 million guaranteed, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Rucker spent the first six seasons of his career in Cincinnati, where he was a valuable member of the Bengals' defensive line. The 28-year-old started 11 games last season, registering 44 tackles and four sacks.
"Frostee is a player that we targeted in free agency, and we couldn't be happier that he chose to become a member of the Cleveland Browns," Browns GM Tom Heckert said. "We really like the veteran presence that he will give our young defensive line. He started last year for one of the top defenses in the NFL, and we feel as though he can come in and have that same impact on our defense."
"We are very excited to add a player of Frostee's caliber to our team," head coach Pat Shurmur said. "He is an outstanding player and an even better person. I look forward to him becoming a productive member of the Cleveland Browns for years to come."
The way we see it
Rucker started at right defensive end in Cincinnati and could play the same position for the Browns. DE Jabaal Sheard, who led Cleveland with 8½ sacks a season ago, prefers to play on the left side. Sheard began the season at right end before moving to the other side in Week Two.
The reported losses of Rucker and Jonathan Fanene, who reportedly has agreed to a deal with New England, hurts the Bengals' D-line depth, which was a strength a season ago.