You have to give credit where credit is due. The Cleveland Browns brain trust had a plan, stuck to it, and followed through. The new regime have won the Paul Kruger sweepstakes. The brown and orange must not stop there though.
Not even an hour after NFL free agency opened, Cleveland came to an agreement with the high motor Kruger paying him roughly eight million dollars a year. That’s about $500,000 a game. The terms of the deal is a five years with 20 million in guarantee. When it’s all said and done, Kruger will make 41 million dollars.
We will find out real quick if Kruger was a product of a great defense or can really put up double digit sacks every year. No matter what, this is a solid and bold move by the Browns. The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker instantly makes this defense better, is a huge upgrade and a great addition.
In four years and playing in 51 games, Kruger only has 15.5 sacks. Stats are only stats though. Kruger will bring a toughness and identity to the locker room. The thing that you have to like about Kruger is the Browns land a guy in the prime of his career. The Indiana native is only 27 years old and will fit right in with this young roster.
It seems like Jimmy Haslam, Joe Banner, and Michael Lombardi are not messing around. A statement needed to made and it was made without hesitation. This isn’t over yet today, the Browns will most likely make another move by the end of the day. Stay tuned, there is more to come.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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