Browns sign DE Rucker

The Cleveland Browns have officially signed free agent defensive

end Frostee Rucker, swiping him from the rival Cincinnati


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


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.