With the retirement of Carson Palmer over the winter, quarterback Matt Cassel is the longest-tenured former USC player in the NFL as he enters his 14th season this fall. Among ex-Trojans on the defensive side, defensive lineman Frostee Rucker remains the elder statesmen.
But after 5 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, the 34-year-old appears to be moving closer to California roots.
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
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Rucker, who has been in the NFL since 2007 when he was drafted in the third round by the Cincinnati Bengals, has started 73 games in his career including all 16 last season with the Cardinals. He finished with 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
— Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) June 11, 2018
A Tustin native, Rucker played for USC from 2003-05, his final game the infamous national title loss to Texas in the Rose Bowl.