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Report: Frostee Rucker relocates to the desert

Kory Lichtensteiger, Frostee Rucker AP

Can a man named Frostee find success in the desert heat?

It looks like we’ll get a chance to find out. Mike Jurecki of XTRA910 in Phoenix reports that the Cardinals have agreed to terms with veteran defensive lineman Frostee Rucker on a contract for the 2013 season.

Rucker signed a five-year deal with the Browns before the 2012 season, but got cut in early February with the team’s decision that he didn’t fit the scheme with former Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton taking on the same position in Cleveland. Rucker had 48 tackles and four sacks for Cleveland in 2012 and turned in a similarly solid year for the Bengals the previous year.

The Cardinals also added Matt Shaughnessy to the defensive line mix recently. Arizona also has Darnell Dockett, Calais Campbell, David Carter and Dan Williams as holdovers from last season with Dockett expected to see more time as an interior player than he did in Horton’s system.

UPDATE 2:50 p.m. ET: The Cardinals have made the deal official. It’s a one-year contract.

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12 Responses to “Report: Frostee Rucker relocates to the desert”
  1. seaeagle707 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:33 PM

    When you come to the Clink Mr Rucker, the 12th man will show you what “Frosty” is really all about.

  2. Uptown Murf says: Mar 21, 2013 2:38 PM

    Frostee is a 4-3 defensive end.. I understand him not fitting Hortons 3-4 defense because hes not stout enough to play a 3-4 end and not the athlete required to play rush linebacker…so then goes he going to a 3-4 in Arizona? Weird

  3. djjackson81 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:51 PM

    If this signing is just for dept ok fine. Not a stud tho.

  4. jimmyt says: Mar 21, 2013 2:59 PM

    seaeagle707, why would a D-lineman care at all about crowd noise in an opposing teams stadium?

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    He’s a jolly happy soul.

  6. dwoofer says: Mar 21, 2013 3:12 PM

    But, won’t he melt?

  7. brownoholic says: Mar 21, 2013 3:18 PM

    He was pretty damn solid for us. Better than i thought he’d be.

    Have a good one, Frostee…

  8. gallogj says: Mar 21, 2013 3:21 PM

    Wow…the Cardinals must be pretty desperate to be picking up all of Cleveland’s throwaways! Tim Couch is still available.

  9. seaeagle707 says: Mar 21, 2013 3:26 PM

    jimmyt, I stand corrected, you are correct. Its not the noise. Its those guys in dark blue with lime green shoulder patches. But no matter, we WILL make sure that Frostee does not enjoy his visits to the Emerald City.

  10. quizguy66 says: Mar 21, 2013 6:54 PM

    Frostee could be refreshing in the desert.

    Now I want a Frosty for dessert :(

    -QG

  11. whereyaat says: Mar 21, 2013 7:05 PM

    Uptown Murf says: Mar 21, 2013 2:38 PM

    Frostee is a 4-3 defensive end.. I understand him not fitting Hortons 3-4 defense because hes not stout enough to play a 3-4 end and not the athlete required to play rush linebacker…so then goes he going to a 3-4 in Arizona? Weird

    ———–

    Now that Horton is gone, Arizona is no longer a true 3-4, according to some comments made by Arians to the AZ Republic a month ago. (I saw it thanks to PFT.)

    Figured I’d mention it, as a number of other folks have made the same comment in prior Cardinals stories.

  12. hworm08 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:46 PM

    They signed him as a rotational guy for backing up Campbell and Dockett.

    Like the 1 year deal for depth

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