It's surprising in that Cleveland is expected to have nearly $60 million in salary cap room and hardly needs to dump productive players for spending money. Rubin, however, is set to count $8.2 million against the cap and would save the team $6.8 million if he were sent packing.
Grading out as the NFL's 26th-ranked 3-4 defensive end last season, per Pro Football Focus, Rubin isn't a premier pass rusher. He has been one of the team's top run-stuffers during his 59 starts over the past four seasons.
If the Browns also deem Rubin a fit, it appears they'd like the big man to think about playing for less.