The Bengals have lost both free agent defensive linemen Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker in the last 36 hours, which has been a major disappointment to most fans. Both players were featured heavily in a talented and deep rotation on the Bengals defensive line in 2011, which turned out to be one of the team's major strengths during their unlikely playoff run.
Rucker ended up winning one of the defensive end starting jobs over Michael Johnson in 2011 and finished the season with four sacks and he played well against the run. He was considered one of the more important free agents for the Bengals to re-sign this offseason.
While many believe that the reason the Bengals lost Rucker is because they didn't offer him enough money, the real reason may be because he was offered a much larger role with the Browns in Cleveland.
Rucker says playing time and a larger role in Cleveland contributed to the signing in Cleveland
Frostee: "I've been waiting for this opportunity to have more on my plate," when it comes to snaps.
Frostee: "They pretty much told me I've got the keys to the car and I'm the starting right end...I'm the oldest (D-lineman)"
It would appear that the promise of more playing time was enough for Rucker to jump ship and suit up in Ohio's other, lesser team. It did also seem as though the Bengals were in talks with Rucker all the way up until he put pen to paper with Cleveland.
#Bengals up until deal signedRucker agent Jim Gould says he was talking to
In the end, Rucker left and we wish him luck. When asked why he decided on the Browns, on top of everything above about how he will have much more playing time at defensive end, Rucker said that his decision was a no brainer and that the Browns are a team on the rise.