On Wednesday, we said that DL Ahtyba Rubin was visiting with the Seattle Seahawks. The visit went well enough as Seattle signed him to a one-year deal on Thursday, according to reports.
The signing ends Rubin's seven-year stay with the Cleveland Browns. He finishes his career with Cleveland having played 99 games, registering 338 tackles, 12 sacks, and 1 interception. Over the past three years, Rubin's cap hits were $9.375 million (2012), $7.575 million (2013), and $8.175 million (2014). When you compare that to what DL Randy Starks will be getting from the Browns, you can see how Cleveland is reducing their spending while getting, at worst, a comparable level of talent.
Former Browns team president Mike Holmgren was the one who gave Cleveland that contract. Just like he couldn't believe the Browns got rid of RB Trent Richardson (we know how that turned out), he's saying the same thing about Rubin:
Mike Holmgren on Ahtyba Rubin: "They should sign him. He's a great football player. I can't believe CLE is letting him out of there."— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) March 19, 2015
I don't think we'll lose any sleep over Rubin, but I hope he is healthy this season so he can get back to being the player he can be and a good role player for Seattle.