The Raiders have signed defensive lineman Frostee Rucker to a one-year deal, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN (Twitter link). Originally drafted by the Bengals in the third round back in 2007, the 2018 season will be Rucker’s 12th in the league. Schefter reports that Rucker “wanted to play for a team that he thought had a Super-Bowl chance.”
Rucker spent the past five seasons with the Cardinals, and started all 16 games for for them last season. Rucker has always been a solid role player, grading out as an average 76.4 in Pro Football Focus’ 2017 rankings. This past year he had 24 tackles with 1.5 sacks and one pass defended.
Rucker visited the Jets back in April, but didn’t draw much interest otherwise up until now. The Raiders will be Rucker’s fourth team as he spent a season with the Browns in addition to his time in Cincinnati and Arizona.
The move continues a trend for the Raiders that’s been apparent ever since Jon Gruden took over of the team pursuing veteran players on short-term deals. Earlier today, the team signed veteran defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin. The Raiders will be hoping Rucker still has something left in the tank at age 34, and will be able to help a defense that has been one of the league’s worst units the past couple years.
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