The Cleveland Browns today signed defensive end Frostee Rucker as an unrestricted free agent from Cincinnati, the club announced.
“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,” said Browns general manager Tom Heckert. “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.”
“We are very excited to add a player of Frostee’s caliber to our team,” said Browns head coach Pat Shurmur. “He is an outstanding player and an even better person. I look forward to him becoming a productive member of the Cleveland Browns for years to come.”
Originally drafted by Cincinnati in the third round (91st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, Rucker has appeared in 53 regular season games with 19 starts, totaling 105 tackles, seven sacks, six passes defended, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. In 2011, he registered career-highs in games played (16), starts (11), tackles (44) and sacks (four), while tying a career-high with two passes defended, as the Bengals’ defense ranked in the top 10 in total defense (seventh), pass defense (ninth) and rush defense (10th).
A three-year letterman at the University of Southern California (2003-05), Rucker saw action in 39 contests with 30 starts, totaling 111 tackles, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. During his three seasons at USC, he helped the Trojans capture back-to-back National Championships (2003-04). In 2005, he was named First-team All-Pacific 10 and was also voted co-winner of USC’s Most Inspirational Player Award.
Born on September 14, 1983, the 6-3, 280-pound Rucker is a native of Tustin, California where he attended Tustin High School.