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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Browns officially sign Frostee Rucker

By Jamison Hensley

The Browns officially announced the signing of Bengals free-agent defensive end Frostee Rucker, a move that will inevitably lead to one question:

Cleveland signed a player named Frostee? The better question is whether he can help the Browns stop the run, and the answer is a strong affirmative.

Rucker played a major role on the NFL's 10th-ranked run defense (the Bengals) and will make an impact on the league's 30th-ranked run defense (the Browns). The statistic that jumps out is that he led the Bengals with 11 tackles for loss.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Rucker signed a five-year, $21 million contract that includes $8 million guaranteed.

“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 general manager Tom Heckert said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

I know Browns fans wanted to hear Heckert talking about signing Pierre Garcon or Mario Manningham instead of Rucker. But this is a solid move at a solid price.