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Frostee Rucker Comes To Cards

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Team agrees to one-year deal with veteran defensive end

The Cardinals agreed to a one-year contract with defensive end Frostee Rucker Thursday.

With only 56 players officially on the roster coming into the week, the Cardinals still have work to do to eventually reach their maximum of 90 players and signings will continue to come.

Thursday, that meant agreeing to a one-year contract with veteran defensive end Frostee Rucker, a 2006 Bengals draft pick who had four sacks in each of the last two seasons – 2011 with the Bengals and 2012 with the Cleveland Browns.

The past two seasons have actually been Rucker’s best statistically, and the only two in which he has appeared in all 16 games. He provides depth on a defensive line – along with last week’s signee Matt Shaughnessy – behind starting ends Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell.

His arrival signals the team’s decision to move on from veteran defensive linemen Vonnie Holliday – who is likely to retire – and Nick Eason, both of whom are free agents. Thus far, of the Cardinals’ 12 own unrestricted free agents, only one (safety Rashad Johnson) has been retained and only two others (Greg Toler and Quentin Groves) have signed with other teams.

Rucker had signed a five-year contract with the Browns prior to last season before they cut him after the season. He has started 27 games in the past two years.

 

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