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Arizona Cardinals reportedly sign Frostee Rucker to contract extension

The veteran will be a Cardinals through 2016.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardials have made a move to keep a veteran defensive lineman around for another season. According to reporter Ian Rapoport, the team extended the contract of defensive lineman Frostee Rucker by one season, keeping him under contract through the 2016 season.

Rucker joined the team in 2013 on a one-year contract and then re-signed on a two-year deal in 2014.

He was a very important player to the Cardinals in 2014, as he started seven games, becoming the primary replacement for Darnell Dockett, who tore his ACL in training camp.

Rucker played in only 50 percent of the team's snaps, but he had 24 tackles and five sacks. He also has emerged as a solid veteran leader in the locker room.

The extension will keep the veteran with a group of defensive linemen signed at least through next season -- Rucker, Calaias Campbell, Corey Peters, Cory Redding and Ed Stinson.

Rucker is entering his 10th NFL season. He has played for the Cardinals, Browns and Bengals. He has 188 career tackles and 17 career sacks.