The Cleveland Browns have once again cleaned house with a completely new coaching staff and front office. Even the team ownership is new. Rob Chudzinski has been named the Browns new head coach and former Arizona Cardinals coordinator Roy Horton has been hired as the team’s defensive coordinator. Both men have agreed that the Browns will change their defensive alignment to a 3-4 scheme in 2013. In order to do so, there must be some personnel changes and the first move was made on Tuesday as the team released DE Frostee Rucker.
Rucker was a top free agent signing for the browns prior to the start of the 2012 season and played in all 16 regular season games for Cleveland this season. The defensive end compiled 48 tackles and four sacks last year. Rucker joined Cleveland after spending five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals for five seasons.
Rucker, 29, was considered a team leader in the locker room for the Browns by many accounts this season, but simply does not fit into the team’s plans moving forward with a 3-4 scheme.
In his last two seasons, Rucker has recorded 92 tackles and eight total sacks. He will generate some interest on the free agent market this season, especially since he is just 29 years old.