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Report: Browns to pursue Avril and Kruger in free agency


The Browns appear to be in the market for a pass rusher.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns plan to pursue Lions defensive end Cliff Avril and Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger when free agency gets underway. He sources also tell her that they’re interested in Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant and Cardinals linebacker Quentin Groves.

Avril would presumably move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme if he wound up in Cleveland, a switch that probably wouldn’t change his main focus on getting after the quarterback all that much. He played for Browns defensive line coach Joe Cullen in Detroit, which Cabot thinks could give the Browns an edge. Neither he nor Kruger is going to come cheap, though, and both figure to have other interested parties chatting them up come the start of the three-day negotiating window that starts on Saturday.

Groves played for defensive coordinator Ray Horton in Arizona last season and had four sacks, but he would seem to be a secondary target after the big fish. Bryant, he of the recent arrest and legendary mugshot, had four sacks for the Raiders last year.

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18 Responses to “Report: Browns to pursue Avril and Kruger in free agency”
  1. burnzy32 says: Mar 6, 2013 4:02 PM

    4-3 DE to be moved to OLB in a 3-4, and make more than 10 mill a year…….yah right

  2. Sackville Rc says: Mar 6, 2013 4:02 PM

    The Browns are talking a good game. I hope it translates to results. Maybe, just maybe the Browns fans will have a playoff team soon.

  3. almighty1 says: Mar 6, 2013 4:12 PM

    I see, they’re using the old Snyder/Redskins model. That works well. Shell out tons of money for FAs and strap in for mediocrity!

  4. bengalsstillsuck says: Mar 6, 2013 4:18 PM

    Avril at DE
    Kruger at OLB
    Sign Goldson
    Draft the kid out or Oregon or BYU and bam were afc north contenders an playoff contenders

  5. wagons716 says: Mar 6, 2013 4:19 PM

    They better start looking for a QB because the one they have now will retire soon.

  6. rickrock6661982 says: Mar 6, 2013 4:26 PM

    Cliff Avril at OLB?

    And the comedy of errors in another Mike Lombardi regime begin..

  7. sliceanddic3 says: Mar 6, 2013 4:28 PM

    He’ll get overpaid. The only reason he was decent this year was because of Sizzle getting double teamed as he got healthy.
    -Ravens fan

  8. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 6, 2013 4:34 PM

    It’s time for the Browns to win something. It really has been long enough.

  9. sgtdiver says: Mar 6, 2013 5:06 PM

    of course at olb. That’s the position he played his entire college career.

  10. davekezer says: Mar 6, 2013 5:10 PM

    Use your 1st rounder on Bjorn Werner. He’ll be worth it. The end.

  11. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 6, 2013 5:20 PM

    He’ll get overpaid. The only reason he was decent this year was because of Sizzle getting double teamed as he got healthy.
    -Ravens fan
    Left out …another know nothing raven fan.

  12. jacktheraven says: Mar 6, 2013 8:57 PM

    Kruger is good, but remember, he’s not a 3 down lineman. Teams will overpay for him, probably around 10 mil. per.

  13. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 6, 2013 10:11 PM

    Let the fallout from overpaying Flacco begin!

    It was a nice run, Baltimore, but now it’s over. Lucky for Flacco, not so lucky for you.

    Later, all you guys the team won’t be able to keep now. It’s been nice knowing you.

    Back to 8-8 territory for Baltimore.

  14. ravensdominate says: Mar 6, 2013 10:31 PM

    I think Kruger would take a pay cut and play for the ravens rather than play on that joke of a team.

  15. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Mar 7, 2013 10:28 AM

    I like Kruger but he sucks against the run and didn’t show improvement until Sugg’s came back and got double teamed. Whoever signs this guy will be overpaying for a part time player. I wish him luck though unless he ends up in Cleveland which means there’s really no point.

  16. lovefootball4life says: Mar 7, 2013 4:45 PM

    He’ll get overpaid. The only reason he was decent this year was because of Sizzle getting double teamed as he got healthy.
    -Ravens fan
    Left out …another know nothing raven fan.

    Please enlighten us genius. You offer no football opinion, ever.

  17. deathonwings410 says: Mar 7, 2013 5:36 PM

    stains are gonna overpay for one of these JAGs. kruger isnt a guy you want to be your only pass rushing threat. they better draft another guy to put opposite of him. avril sucks against the run.

  18. jlv3gem says: Mar 8, 2013 1:00 AM

    As much as a Kruger fan as I am, he’s not worth the money he ‘ll command on the open market. $1M per sack over a 16 game span? No thanks

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