Head coach Jon Gruden is all about the grinders, and he's adding another one to his already improved defensive unit by bringing in a 12-year veteran defensive lineman.
Now former Arizona Cardinal and 34-year-old Frostee Rucker will officially be joining the Oakland Raiders.
Raiders are signing former Cardinals’ DL Frostee Rucker to a one-year deal, per source. A 12-year veteran, Rucker wanted to play for a team that he thought he had a Super-Bowl chance.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 11, 2018
Rucker, who was a captain last year for the Cardinals, started all 16 games for the team's former defensive coordinator James Bettcher. He racked up a total of 30 tackles and 1.5 sacks as a pure run-stopping beast.
In an effort to improve a Raiders defense that ranked toward the middle of the league in rushing yards surrendered per game with 108.9 in 2017, Gruden has paid a lot of attention to his defensive interior. The team drafted Arden Key, P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst to bulk up the line this year.
A veteran presence like Rucker could do some good in helping to groom those young players. The third-round pick of the 2006 draft took the time to
Rucker is highly reliable and a leader, so this is a transaction Raiders fans will welcome with open arms.