Adam Caplan reports that sources have informed him that Rucker would have been guaranteed $2 million of his $2.5 million base salary had been on their roster as of tomorrow.
Rucker, 29, signed a five-year deal worth $20.5 million that included a $5 million signing bonus. Cleveland will take a cap hit, but they clearly felt that Rucker was not a good fit in their 3-4 defense.
He every game for the Browns in 2012 and produced 48 tackles and four sacks. Pro Football Focus rated him towards the bottom of the league in terms of 4-3 defensive ends.