Ahtyba Rubin DL CLE 7 Months

After meeting with Browns officials at the Combine, the agent for LE Ahtyba Rubin is confident the team will retain Rubin at his current salary.

After an up-and-down 2013 campaign, Rubin is owed a $6.6 million base salary and $300,000 workout bonus. "They're happy to have him on team, no changes to his salary," agent Alan Herman told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Rubin turns 28 in July. The Browns don't necessarily need cap room, but could lower Rubin's figure by signing him to a long-term contract extension.

Ahtyba Rubin DL CLE 7 Months

Profootballtalk reports the Browns may release DL Ahtyba Rubin.

Ahtyba Rubin DL CLE Sep 15 '13

Browns declared LE Ahtyba Rubin, QB Brian Hoyer, TE MarQueis Gray, OT Martin Wallace, RG Shawn Lauvao, DE Armonty Bryant and LB Paul Hazel inactive for Week 2 against the Ravens.

Billy Winn will start in Rubin's place, leaving a soft spot in the Browns' otherwise strong front seven.

Ahtyba Rubin DL CLE Sep 12 '13

Browns LE Ahtyba Rubin (calf) is not expected to play in Sunday's game against the Ravens.

It's a little boost for Ray Rice and the Ravens running game. Perhaps the only crack in the Browns' dominant front seven is now at left end, where Billy Winn is filling in for Rubin.

Ahtyba Rubin DL CLE Sep 08 '13

Browns declared LE Ahtyba Rubin (calf) inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

It's a major upgrade for Lamar Miller and the Dolphins running game. Rubin hurt the calf during Friday's practice, leaving Billy Winn as the starter at left end. The Browns will have starting right corner Buster Skrine (shoulder). Their inactives: QB Brian Hoyer, TE MarQueis Gray, OLB Barkevious Mingo, OT Martin Wallace, G Shawn Lauvao and LB Paul Hazel.

Ahtyba Rubin DL CLE Sep 08 '13

Browns LE Ahtyba Rubin (calf) is not expected to play on Sunday versus Miami.

Rubin is listed as questionable on the injury report after injuring the calf in Friday's practice. It's a big loss for the Cleveland defense. John Hughes and Billy Winn will fill in next to NT Phil Taylor and opposite RE Desmond Bryant. Upgrade Dolphins RB Lamar Miller slightly. He's a middling RB2.

Ahtyba Rubin DL CLE Sep 06 '13

The Browns added LE Ahtyba Rubin to their injury report after he missed Friday's practice with a calf injury.

He's listed as questionable. Rubin missed time with a calf injury last season, as well. A 6-foot-2, 330-pound run clogger, Rubin's absence could give Dolphins RB Lamar Miller a few more running lanes in Sunday's opener.

Ahtyba Rubin DL CLE Jul 14 '13

The Browns are expected to rotate Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor between nose tackle and left end.

Desmond Bryant is locked in at right end. Rubin (6'2/330) and Taylor (6'3/335) both possess nose tackle-type size and are light on their feet. DC Ray Horton could flip them back and forth ala Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji in Green Bay. "We're not necessarily going to pigeonhole people," Horton said. "We can mix and match." Cleveland's front seven will be much improved in 2013.

Ahtyba Rubin DL CLE Apr 17 '13

Browns DL Ahtyba Rubin has shed weight in anticipation of his new role at DE.

A nose tackle throughout his career, Rubin will primarily be used at left defensive end in the Browns' new 3-4 scheme while seeing spot duty behind Phil Taylor at the nose. He's slimmed down to 306 pounds in an effort to improve as a pass-rusher after playing around 320 in 2012. There have been whispers that Rubin may be available for trade due to being a poor fit in the new defense.

Ahtyba Rubin DL CLE Mar 17 '13

The Browns are expected to use Ahtyba Rubin at defensive end in Ray Horton's new 3-4 defense, with Phil Taylor at nose tackle.

Rubin will likely play left end with Desmond Bryant at right end. With a healthy Taylor and Rubin complemented by Bryant, and Paul Kruger signed to play rush linebacker, Cleveland's front seven may be the most improved in the league.