Citing a league source, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns will sign defensive end Frostee Rucker today.
Contract details are unavailable. Rucker, a former third-round pick out of USC, tallied career highs in tackles (33) and sacks (four) last season with the Bengals. He started 11-of-16 games.
The Browns haven’t had a premier pass rusher in quite some time. Rucker is unlikely to be the answer, but he could help as a rotational rusher off the bench.
In the matter of an hour, Cincinnati has lost two of its key defensive line cogs from last season. Rucker will stay in the division, and Jonathan Fanene is gone to New England.