In what was a very surprising move Tuesday afternoon, the Cleveland Browns released defensive end Frostee Rucker. In March 2012, the Browns signed Rucker to a 5-year, $21 million deal. The timing of the release is money-related, which reflects a combination of the change in Cleveland's defensive philosophy next season, and the fact that Tom Heckert, the guy who orchestrated the deal, is no longer here.
Because of the large signing bonus he received last season, Rucker ends up pocketing $6.1 million for one year of service with the Browns, according to Caplan. Obviously, when a guy signs a deal like that, the idea is that he is with the team long-term, which is probably what would've happened had Dick Jauron and the traditional 4-3 defense stayed in place.
Rucker was a consistent, solid player at defensive end for Cleveland last year. He worked in a rotation with veteran defensive end Juqua Parker, who is also a free agent. Rucker finished the 2012 season with 48 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 pass defended, and 1 forced fumble.
Cleveland Browns Release DE Frostee Rucker
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