After years of frustration, the Cleveland Browns seem to be making all of the right moves this offseason to help turn things around in 2013 and with the start of free agency getting under way Tuesday–they got off to the right start by landing one of the top free agents in Paul Kruger.
The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker was expected to land in Cleveland or with the Indianapolis Colts, but it looks like he’ll be suiting up for the Browns after agreeing in principle to a five-year deal less than an hour after the start of free agency. Not only has Kruger been praised for his ability as a pass rusher, but he’s coming off a 2012 season in which he recorded a career nine sacks.
At 27-years-old–Kruger seems like the type of player who hasn’t even come close to hitting the pinacle of his NFL career.
Kruger played a key role in helping Baltimore win Super Bowl XLVII last year and there’s no question he will have an immediate impact in Cleveland during his first season considering the type of numbers he displayed last season.
For years, nobody has considered the Browns for contenders in the AFC North as they seemed to have no chance against teams like the Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and Pittsburgh Steelers. With the aggressive start to free agency, it should be interesting to see what other types of moves Cleveland makes as they look to improve from a 5-11 season.
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