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Report: Cardinals’ FA Frostee Rucker agrees to deal with Raiders

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker (92) celebrates a New York Giants missed field goal during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Cardinals free agent defensive lineman Frostee Rucker is reportedly taking his talents to the Bay Area.

The 12-year vet has signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It was reported that Rucker “wanted to play for a team that he thought had a Super-Bowl chance.”

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006 out of USC, Rucker joined the Cleveland Browns for the 2012 season before calling the Valley home in 2013.

Rucker played in 73 games with Arizona, starting 38. He recorded 83 tackles, 10.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

In 2017, he produced 29 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one pass defensed.

Following the news, Rucker took to Twitter to thank the organization and the fans.

“To the Bidwill family, Bruce Arians, the front office staff, coaches, training staff, trainers, my teammates and the Cardinals fans who were able to make my time in Arizona so memorable — THANK YOU,” Rucker tweeted. “All I wanted was an opportunity and for the last five years I was lucky enough to continue to live out my dream as an Arizona Cardinal. It was a privilege to represent the BirdGang with honor, both on and off the field.

“I am grateful to everyone that welcomed me into this amazing community — I hope I left it a littler better than I found it.”

Rucker marks yet another defensive departure for the Cardinals this offseason.

Free agent linebacker Kareem Martin and released defensive end Josh Mauro joined former Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher in New York, while they lost Xavier Williams to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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