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Browns sign DE Rucker

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CLEVELAND (AP)

The Cleveland Browns have officially signed free agent defensive end Frostee Rucker, swiping him from the rival Cincinnati Bengals.

Rucker agreed to terms on a five-year, $21 million contract Wednesday and signed his deal Thursday after passing a physical. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported the deal includes $8 million guaranteed.

Rucker had his best season with Cincinnati in 2011, recording a career-high four sacks in 11 starts. He appeared in all 16 games in helping the Bengals make the AFC playoffs.

Browns general manager Tom Heckert says Rucker is a player the team targeted in free agency. Heckert says he's excited to about adding Rucker to a young defensive front with end Jabaal Sheard and tackles Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor.

The Bengals drafted Rucker in the third round in 2006.

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