As the Cleveland Browns move through OTAs and closer to training camp, RantSports.com will be bringing you player profiles for many of the team’s players. We’ll focus mainly on new acquisitions, players in position battles, and on players competing for roster spots. In this installment for the Browns, we’ll take a look at free agent acquisition Paul Kruger.
The linebacker comes to the Browns after four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, and of course after hoisting the Lombardi trophy just a few months back. Cleveland showed Kruger the money, inking him to a five year/$40 million deal. 2012 was by far Kruger’s career-season, as he racked up 42 total tackles, nine sacks, and a forced fumble.
The Browns are going to expect Krguer to take his game to the next level again in 2013. He’ll now have leadership duties that he didn’t have in Baltimore, and in general, he’s going to be expected to do more across the board. He joins a young Cleveland team that’s clearly trying to build a solid defensive foundation. The 27-year old Kruger will be paired with first round draft pick Barkevious Mingo in the linebacker corps, and I’m sure the team is hoping to build around these guys for years.
One thing is for sure, Kruger has never been in a situation like this in his career. He’s going from a championship team, to a team that’s been in the cellar for years. He’s now a player who will be relied upon to lead and share his vast defensive knowledge from his days with the Ravens. Many people don’t think Kruger is worth $40 million, so it will be interesting to see if that puts a chip on his shoulder.
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