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Frostee Rucker | Defensive Lineman

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/14/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 280
College: USC
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Cardinals re-signed DE Frostee Rucker to a two-year, $2.145 million contract.
The deal includes $590,000 guaranteed. Rucker had one sack and 11 tackles for Arizona in limited playing time last season. With Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell still in town, Rucker should be nothing more than a rotational player again in 2014. Mar 11 - 4:42 PM

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Cardinals signed DE Frostee Rucker, formerly of the Browns, to a one-year contract.

Rucker was released in early February as Cleveland was clearing out players that didn't fit the new 3-4 defense. The soon-to-be 30-year-old started all 16 games last season, notching 48 tackles, four sacks, and a forced fumble. In Arizona, Rucker adds depth behind Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 02:01:00 PM

Browns released DE Frostee Rucker.

The Browns handed Rucker a $5 million signing bonus last March, so they'll absorb a salary cap hit of roughly $1.5 million in order to release him. The move does free up $2.5 million in sheer cash. Although long a potent run defender, Rucker was a predictable bust as Cleveland's right defensive end in 2012. That's a pass rushing position, and he managed just four sacks in 16 starts. Expect interest in Rucker to be rather mild on the free agent market.
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 04:32:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer wonders if Browns DE Frostee Rucker is a candidate for release.

Cleveland just signed Rucker to a five-year, $20.5 million deal last offseason, but with the team's switch to a 3-4 defense, he doesn't seem to fit anywhere. Rucker has always been a 4-3 end. He started all 16 games in 2012, registering four sacks. Rucker has $2.5 million in guaranteed money left on his contract.
Sun, Feb 3, 2013 09:46:00 AM

The Browns plan to use Frostee Rucker as their starting right defensive end on early downs, and kick him to tackle in the nickel.

Juqua Parker is slated to replace Rucker in passing sets, though he could be pushed by Marcus Benard. Rucker, who turns 29 in September, was signed to a five-year, $20.5 million head-scratching deal in March. Pro Football Focus graded Rucker positively as a 2011 run defender, but poor in pass rush.
Thu, May 31, 2012 12:45:00 PM

Browns signed DE Frostee Rucker, formerly of the Bengals, to a five-year deal.

It's reportedly worth "over" $20 million. Rucker is the second defensive end to be lured away from the Bengals since the start of free agency. A 2006 third-round pick, Rucker got his first real shot at starting in 2011, and responded with 44 tackles and four sacks in 447 snaps. More of a run stuffer than anything else, he'll likely be part of a rotation in Cleveland.
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 03:23:00 PM

Bengals DE Frostee Rucker is reportedly visiting a "mystery team" according to his agent.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Rucker is meeting with the Browns, and could have a deal "wrapped up by the end of the day" Wednesday. Rucker was still in talks with the Bengals as of Wednesday morning.
Source: Bengals.com
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 11:12:00 AM

The Bengals are expected to have contract discussions with impending free agent linemen Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene on Monday.

However, both players look set to hit the open market. Rucker appeared in all 16 games last season, making 11 starts. He notched 44 tackles and four sacks. Fanene made just two starts in 16 games, but managed to notch 6.5 sacks despite grading out as one of the league's worst linemen by Pro Football Focus.
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 12:15:00 PM

Bengals placed DE Frostee Rucker (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

A disappointing former third-round pick from USC, Rucker managed just one sack and 17 tackles in nine appearances. The extent of his knee injury is unknown. Rucker is signed through 2011 for $1.25 million, but the Bengals may be ready to move on with youngsters Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson ready for bigger roles. Rucker, 27, has three sacks in four years.
Mon, Nov 22, 2010 03:49:00 PM

Bengals re-signed DE Frostee Rucker to a two-year contract.

Cincinnati presumably isn't guaranteeing Rucker much money, but the move is curious in that he's produced just two sacks in four seasons, and never earned consistent playing time. Either Rucker looks good in practice, or the Bengals are unwilling to admit their mistake in the 2006 third round.
Wed, Mar 31, 2010 02:53:00 PM

The Bengals have extended restricted free agent DE Frostee Rucker an original pick tender.

Rucker, 26, doesn't do anything very well and was originally a third-round pick. The Bengals won't have any trouble retaining him into training camp.
Thu, Mar 4, 2010 02:24:00 AM

Bengals placed DE Frostee Rucker (hamstring) on injured reserve, ending his season.

A third-round pick in 2006, Rucker has 31 tackles and one sack as a pro. He wasn't even a difference maker at USC, so the Bengals shouldn't have been expecting much more. Rucker will battle for a roster spot in 2009.
Mon, Nov 24, 2008 05:04:00 PM

Bengals DE Frostee Rucker limped off with a leg injury in the first quarter of Thursday's game.

Rucker was filling for starter Antwan Odom who is out with a shoulder injury. Jonathan Fanene has come on to replace Rucker.
Thu, Nov 20, 2008 08:33:00 PM

Bengals DE Frostee Rucker was seen walking with crutches in the locker room after Sunday's game.

Rucker played for most of the game and even forced a fumble in the first quarter. No details on the injury have been released.
Mon, Sep 8, 2008 10:14:00 AM

After making an appeal, Bengals DE Frostee Rucker has had his one-game suspension reduced to one week's worth of pay.

Rucker probably wouldn't have played anyways this week because he's hurt. He will still lose $21,176.47, which is a nice chunk of his $360,000 salary.
Fri, Sep 7, 2007 11:37:00 AM

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