Browns release Frostee Rucker

AP

The switch to the 3-4 defense has claimed its first victim in Cleveland.

The Browns announced Tuesday that they have released defensive end Frostee Rucker after one year in Cleveland, a move that’s been rumored since Ray Horton was hired as the defensive coordinator. Rucker signed a five-year deal with the Browns last offseason, pocketing a $5 million signing bonus and $8 million in guaranteed money for his brief stay with the team. He was due a $2 million roster bonus later this week, so the Browns had no reason to see if there was some way to make it work with Rucker in the new scheme.

Rucker had four sacks, 48 tackles and a forced fumble in 16 starts for the Browns. He’s been a solid run defender for several years, which should help him land work with a team that plays a 4-3 front and needs an end.

The Browns get some money back under the cap by releasing Rucker now, although his signing bonus means that there will be a bit of dead money on the cap in Cleveland this year. He likely won’t be the only member of the team to get a pink slip as the new regime starts building things their way.

23 responses to “Browns release Frostee Rucker

  1. Quality young man who I would love to see come back to Cincy for some line depth that would allow us to focus on other spots in the draft. We have a lot of FA’s to lock up from last years team (specifically d-linemen M Johnson and R Geathers – if we want him, which I’m not so sure of), but he could slide right back in with ease assuming the numbers would work out.

  2. so he couldnt play DE in a 3-4D? or was his salary just too high for his production on the field?

  3. I want Tampa to pick him up solely because he has the greatest name ever. Then, draft Barkevious Mingo, and their defensive line will be so well-nomenclatured every other team will simply forfeit in awe.

    Barkevious and Frostee. Either an unstoppable defensive line, or stars of a 70s TV show featuring guys who drive around the country with a monkey solving crimes. Haven’t decided which yet.

  4. Here we go again, I am sick and tired of each new coach bringing in his system and getting rid of players that were productive . This move smells like Joe Banner as well. He alienated players in Philly and will do so here

  5. markry: seriously?? Mediocre 4-3 end getting 8 mill to miss a 4th of the games and be a role player. Even a couch potato like yourself should have seen that one coming…
    Look for Billy Winn to have an expanded role at right end next season. Brownies may make noise if they can sure up the back side of their D

  6. Mrklutch……he started all 16 games.

    That being said, he’s a role player. Even in Horton’s “hybrid” defense, he’s neither a big guy who can run or a little guy who can hit.

  7. And here comes the chorus of my fellow Browns fans, crying about new coaches bringing in new systems and releasing old players … as if the old way was so good we ought to preserve it.

    Before seeking consistency — let’s have something worth being consistent about. That is all.

  8. They should keep him rather than take the dead money.

    With a five year contract he’d still be around for the new staff switching back to a 4-3

  9. doesnt the browns flush old players out every 2 years when they hire a new coach? and teams wonder why they cant win, cause u change the coaching staff every couple years

  10. For some weird reason, I can’t read the name “Frostee Rucker” without hearing it in Scooby Doo’s voice.

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