CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers is sacked by Frostee Rucker #92 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. San Francisco defeated Cincinnati 13-8. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Update: According to Ohio.com's Nate Ulrich, the Browns' deal with Rucker is not official yet and the deal is not expected to be signed today either. However, a deal could be official by Thursday.
Earlier on Wednesday began surfacing that the Cleveland Browns were trying to lure Frostee Rucker from the Cincinnati Bengals. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted that the deal is finally done with Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer adding that the five-year deal is worth $21 million with over $8 million guaranteed.
Bengals fans are generally upset about losing their own, like Rucker (and Jonathan Fanene earlier in the day). But with that much money involved, does that significantly lessen the blow?
Consider that before 2011, Rucker never played more than 12 games during any season. Also consider that he has seven quarterback sacks in his career, four of which came in 2011, an obvious career year.
Knowing what Rucker received with his general production over six seasons with the Bengals, many of which he teetered on being cut during final cuts, Cincinnati not countering Cleveland's offer might have been for the best.
Did the Bengals make the right move allowing Rucker to leave by not countering Cleveland's 5 year/$21 million deal?
Yes (460 votes)
No (294 votes)
754 total votes