It may not be the type of move Cleveland Browns fans have been craving, but the team did in fact sign a free agent on Wednesday – defensive end Frostee Rucker. The five-year deal is worth over $20 million, with $8 million guaranteed.
Rucker has spent all of his six seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, having his best season in 2011, in which he played in all 16 games (starting 11), registering 44 tackles and four sacks.
It’s certainly not a flashy signing, and won’t necessarily be wildly applauded by Browns fans, but it brings some depth to the defensive line, which remains an area of concern. Did the Browns reach a little bit money-wise? Sure, especially when you consider that until 2011, Rucker had never started more than four games in a season.
Nevertheless, the Browns are fairly desperate for defensive end help and can’t bank on finding another Jabaal Sheard in this year’s draft.