Report: Browns to pursue Avril and Kruger in free agency

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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.

18 responses to “Report: Browns to pursue Avril and Kruger in free agency

  1. Cliff Avril at OLB?

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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