NFL

Browns release DE Rucker, first casualty of regime switch

{eot}
Associated Press
2/5/2013 6:47:32 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

CLEVELAND -- The Browns' switch on defence started with Frostee Rucker being shifted out the door.

Rucker was released by Cleveland on Tuesday, the first major move as the Browns change from a 4-3 defence to a multi-front system under new coach Rob Chudzinski and co-ordinator Ray Horton.

A top free-agent signing by Cleveland last year, Rucker started all 16 games and finished with 48 tackles and four sacks in his one season with the Browns. Rucker made $6 million last season and $2 million of his $2.5 million contract for 2013 would have been guaranteed if he was still on the roster Wednesday, according to a report by TheSidelineView.com.

The 29-year-old Rucker spent six seasons with Cincinnati before signing last March with Cleveland. He established himself as a leader in the Browns' locker room and Rucker was a staunch supporter of coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert, who were both fired after the Browns went 5-11 last season.

Last week, Chudzinski and Horton, who spent the past two seasons with Arizona, said the Browns hope to have an aggressive defence next season. Horton tried to downplay concerns about the team changing schemes, saying several times that he was simply looking for "big men that can run and little men that can hit."

Apparently, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Rucker did not fit into either of those groups.

The Bengals selected Rucker, who played at Southern Caliornia, in the third round (No. 91 overall) of the 2006 draft.

Rucker's departure could signal the beginning of a busy off-season for the Browns, the first one under new owner Jimmy Haslam. At the Super Bowl last week, Haslam said the Browns would be active in free agency if the moves made sense.

"I think we'll be selective in what we do in free agency, but if there's some talent out there that matches our needs and it's at the right dollar level, then, I think we'll probably make some moves," he said. "I don't think you'll see us making any big, splashy, high-priced moves because I think we've said all along, we're going to build through the draft."

Frostee Rucker (Photo: Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

zoom

(Photo: Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


Podcasts

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: Septemeber 2nd - Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1 joins the show to discuss Jim Irsay, Michael Sam, and J.J Watt.

TSN 1050: Game Night: September 1 - Matt Florjancic

WKYC Cleveland's Matt Florjancic joins Andy McNamara and John Letherby on Game Night.

TSN 1050: Game Night: Joe Horrigan - July 30

Pro Football Hall of Fame VP of Communications Joe Horrigan joined Game Night with Jim Tatti & Andy McNamara to talk NFL Hall of Fame Weekend


More Podcasts

NFL on TSN and CTV

Sunday, September 28

Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Toronto, CTV Kitchener, CTV Ottawa, CTV Northern Ontario, CKPR)


Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Vancouver, CTV Alberta, CTV Saskatchewan, CTV Winnipeg, CITL)


Detroit Lions at New York Jets - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Montreal, CTV Atlantic)


Carolina Panthers at Baltimore Ravens - 1pm et/10am pt (TSN2)


Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers - 4:25pm et/1:25pm pt (CTV Toronto, CTV Kitchener, CTV Ottawa, CTV Northern Ontario, CTV Montreal, CTV Vancouver, CTV Alberta, CTV Saskatchewan, CTV Two Atlantic, CKPR, CITL)


Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings - 4:25pm et/1:25pm pt (TSN2, CTV Winnipeg)


New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
8:15pm et/5:15pm pt (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5)


Monday, September 29

New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs
7pm et/4pm pt (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5)


NFL on TSN Broadcast Schedule

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television