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Kruger will strike it rich in Cleveland

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There’s another guy named Kruger who’ll be looking to donate some excess year-end money to the Human Fund.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger is expected to sign with the Browns after the league year begins.  The contract is expected to be in the range of $8 million to $9 million per year.

The Colts were also reportedly after Kruger.

Maybe now he can afford a jersey that fits.

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92 Responses to “Kruger will strike it rich in Cleveland”
  1. flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    Kruger only goes there because the Eagles dont need his services. The legend of Eagles Chip Kelly is set to begin at 4pm today. You will all be beasted by us. We get what we want. You get scraps.

  2. revischrist16 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    Maybe now he can afford a jersey that fits.
    …..ZING!

  3. ngatasteelersfan says: Mar 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    Fire sale here. Get you’re red hot Ravens player!

  4. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    LOL!!! HILARIOUS!!!

  5. oldbrowndawg says: Mar 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    Get ready to hit the turf, Flaco and Rothie. Hard to throw looking up at the clouds wafting over the stadium. :-)

  6. brendanragan says: Mar 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    File this under: Players who will be asked to restructure in 2014.

  7. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    Flacco casualty #3.

  8. cbfalex says: Mar 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    I dont even care if we have to overpay him, we have the money. good to see browns being aggressive. I still think after this we should make a trade for revis maybe offer Colt Mccoy our 4th round pick and next years 1st. Haden and mccoy would dominate together

  9. coldtundra says: Mar 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    Vikings just resigned Loadholt sorry bears fans

  10. coldtundra says: Mar 12, 2013 3:57 PM

    Vikings just resigned Loadholt sorry bears fans

  11. cappa662 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:57 PM

    That’s it?

  12. orenthalsimpson says: Mar 12, 2013 3:58 PM

    Can Kruger play quarterback too?

  13. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 12, 2013 3:58 PM

    be careful of what you get,guy couldn’t even
    make the team for 2 years.not seeing 8-9
    million here [clev had to spend money somewhere]

  14. joey49er says: Mar 12, 2013 3:58 PM

    Wow flaco did a number on his team!!!

  15. stillers1229 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    The Ravenator wants and explanation.

  16. jvnyj says: Mar 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    Lol market is insane, epic overpay for a guy who was behind sergio kindle a year ago. Browns suck forever.

  17. stillthebest says: Mar 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    Cleveland Browns = The Human Fund

  18. dishepo says: Mar 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    PFF’s #1 rated pass rusher among 3-4 OLBs (9 sacks, 55 pressures)… gets a better bookend than hobbled Suggs in healthy, younger Sheard. If the Browns also get a serious corner, they’re gonna be very tough to throw on.

  19. thebonus44 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    Sweet. Get that 3rd round comp pick, Oz!

  20. reed20fence says: Mar 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    Perhaps the best play Kruuuug ever made for the Ravens. Tying up an impetious divisional rival’s salary cap!

  21. calhounlambeau says: Mar 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    Just like every NFL deal, they throw a bunch of money in for year one and essentially it’s a 2-year contract. People get too excited over these deals that end up getting modified after year two if they’re not cut by then.

  22. uvmcatamounts says: Mar 12, 2013 4:01 PM

    Why does everyone keep saying “Flacco causualty?” Do the huge contracts of Suggs, Rice, Ngata, Yanda, and others not mean anything? Flacco’s cap number this year is 6.8 mil.

    The Ravens just have the “problem” of drafting well. We can’t keep ‘em all.

  23. misterplowthatnameagainismisterplow says: Mar 12, 2013 4:01 PM

    Yet another free agent that will go to Cleveland and somehow NOT live up to the money he will be paid. I hope I’m wrong for all the long suffering Browns fans.

  24. atwatercrushesokoye says: Mar 12, 2013 4:01 PM

    Who was the last Ravens defensive free agent to go somewhere and have success with his new team? Much like Andy Reid’s QBs, Mike Shanahan’s RBs the Ravens defensive players are products of the system, buyer beware!

  25. pnut87 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    Kruger only goes there because the Eagles dont need his services. The legend of Eagles Chip Kelly is set to begin at 4pm today. You will all be beasted by us. We get what we want. You get scraps.

    ——

    Must be logical’s new SN…

  26. dcpowergator says: Mar 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    I’ll forgive the usual Browns related snarkiness because i love the Kruger Industrial Smoothing / Human Fund reference!

    Unfortunately, as a Browns fan, I too am snarky about overpaying the 7th most valuable Ravens defender to come on over to Cleveland. I’ve seen that show before and it’s never ended well. In fairness, Gary Baxter et al. have nothing to do with Paul Kruger so I’ll try to reserve (further) judgment.

  27. camdenyard says: Mar 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    Watch Kruger disappear on game days.

    Enjoy 5-11 seasons, Krug.

  28. randolph32 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    That’s life ColdTundra….we still have Webb, wait, we don’t really want him do we?

  29. swashbucklin says: Mar 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    4 years in the league and no double digit sack seasons. And dude didnt show up before week 6 when suggs was back to draw double teams. And no, we’re not going to miss cary williams either.

  30. saxmachine69 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    Sounds like one of those old car horns….. K uger!!

  31. siggtacular says: Mar 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    Kruger is nothing without Suggs

    GO RAVENS

  32. audient says: Mar 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    Haden and Revis you mean, and yes. Do it. Say what you will about Colt McCoy, but he is an upgrade over Sanchez. Everyone wins.

  33. tripleb4444 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    For those of you that do not watch Ravens games let me enlighten you, he plays MAYBE 40% of downs and is coming from a team that had Offenses worrying about Suggs and Ngata. #OVERPAID..

  34. jm91rs says: Mar 12, 2013 4:04 PM

    I like how flavordave is the new version of the 2 idiots in washington (logical voices and voice of reason) and the always annoying ravenator.

    Keep on pretending your team isn’t going to suck this year.

  35. ahawkalypse says: Mar 12, 2013 4:04 PM

    Bust!

  36. tjrogers09 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:05 PM

    Kruger got paid but in a awful place…Best of luck

  37. kpizzow says: Mar 12, 2013 4:05 PM

    Guy is a half-season wonder…he had his moments but this is what happens when you are on a SB winning team everyone looks good and gets paid.

  38. swashbucklin says: Mar 12, 2013 4:06 PM

    Also why is the steeler fan laughing. Kruger is still in the division and will still see your quarterback twice a year. Smh at the fairweathers…

  39. Stiller43 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:06 PM

    Mistake by the lake!

  40. breakyourballz says: Mar 12, 2013 4:07 PM

    flavordave says:Mar 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    Kruger only goes there because the Eagles dont need his services. The legend of Eagles Chip Kelly is set to begin at 4pm today. You will all be beasted by us. We get what we want. You get scraps.

    Ultimate Tool Shed Post right there

  41. clssylssy says: Mar 12, 2013 4:07 PM

    Wow! The Browns have a great new DC and will put together a force to wake up their rivals with Kruger reprising his role in Baltimore. I’m sure this seems like Christmas morning for Ray Horton.

  42. ncs115 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:07 PM

    As an Eagles fan….I wanted Kruger more then any other free agent…just another example of Joe Banner getting the better of us. It is a sad day when the Browns have become a better organization then our once proud Eagles. Thanks Chip. I cannot wait to go for 2 points in the first quarter, whenever we actually do score in the first quarter.

  43. pigbenis69 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:07 PM

    8 or 9 per?! This is the Cleveland version of Nnamdi Asomugha.

  44. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:08 PM

    Overpaid!!! My colts arent that silly to pay a system player that much money, Browns got fleeced

  45. dexterismyhero says: Mar 12, 2013 4:09 PM

    Would have liked seeing him in a Colts uni……………….

  46. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 12, 2013 4:09 PM

    Guy had one productive season after, what, 3 or 4 years of doing nothing? Ya’ll can have him for $8mil.

  47. chilomane says: Mar 12, 2013 4:10 PM

    And the browns will continue to suck.

  48. jebbiesmallz says: Mar 12, 2013 4:11 PM

    For all you Browns fans that are super excited, go back and re-watch film on more than a few of Kruger’s sacks (including one of his two in the Super Bowl). He’s great at flopping on a scrambling QB about a half yard behind the line of scrimmage.

    So glad he’s gone from the Ravens…

  49. 6allsohard6more says: Mar 12, 2013 4:12 PM

    Ravens lose players likethis every single year and they not only replace them but them players disappear on other teams.

  50. xli2006 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:12 PM

    Cleveland… where talent goes to waste.

  51. tsr3000 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:12 PM

    This is the first of many solid pickups. You wait and see.

  52. deceman20 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    Thanks for a couple of good years Freddy. Good luck in Cleveland, you’re gonna need it.

  53. grandpoopah says: Mar 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    The Ravens are coming apart at the seams. Ozzie will need to draft very well to keep the team in contention.

  54. flash1283 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    Again, jump ball Joe and a team of nobody’s.

  55. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    A couple of days ago we heard from someone who thinks he works in the Baltimore FO that Boldin is gone so that Kruger can stay. What gives?

  56. cbass59 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    Larry Brown 2013

  57. delsol1872 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    Ahh there’s all the Steelers “fans”….havent heard from any of u since week 14 of last year….guess what….you wont make the playoffs again this year

  58. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    Ya’ll can stop pretending like you knew who Paul Kruger was before 2012.

  59. purpleattack says: Mar 12, 2013 4:16 PM

    I would love at least one person in this thread that blames this on Flacco to show the math of how that’s the case, just one please. ROFL.

  60. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 12, 2013 4:16 PM

    flash1283 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 4:13 PM
    Again, jump ball Joe and a team of nobody’s.

    —–

    I’ll take that + five consecutive playoff appearances and a Lombardi over the alternative.

  61. stainlessstill says: Mar 12, 2013 4:16 PM

    I heard Brandon Weeden is set to retire next season. Dude’s getting old, haha. No QB and a weak-poor WR core at BEST. Scoring 6 points a game isn’t too bad for Cleveland, I guess. Their defense, however is downright TERRIFYING. I’ll give them that………

  62. onearmsteven says: Mar 12, 2013 4:16 PM

    8-9 million a year for a guy who didn’t play every down? nicely done cleveland.

  63. wagons716 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:17 PM

    Congrats Cleveland you just got the 4th best linebacker on the Ravens last year roster…. oh yea and paid him wayyyyyy to much!!!

  64. jlmill15 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:17 PM

    flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    Kruger only goes there because the Eagles dont need his services. The legend of Eagles Chip Kelly is set to begin at 4pm today. You will all be beasted by us. We get what we want. You get scraps.

    That worked out really well for the Eagles 2 years ago…is this going to be dream team 2?

  65. stinkfingers says: Mar 12, 2013 4:18 PM

    flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    Kruger only goes there because the Eagles dont need his services. The legend of Eagles Chip Kelly is set to begin at 4pm today. You will all be beasted by us. We get what we want. You get scraps.

    =====

    “We get what we want”

    So you guys don’t want Super Bowl wins?

  66. northshorejag says: Mar 12, 2013 4:18 PM

    He’ll strike it rich in Cleveland…

    …and never be heard from again

  67. gpry says: Mar 12, 2013 4:19 PM

    One trick pony! Major liability in the running game…typical browns overreach!

  68. dennychimes says: Mar 12, 2013 4:20 PM

    Gary Baxter, Jamal Lewis, Tony Pashos, and now Paul Kruger. And every time the Pound Rumbled “Championship”. Bad move Paul, Indy was sooooo much better fit. 10 indoor games a year, playoff caliber team, and Pagano. I like the guy but not on a move like this.

  69. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Mar 12, 2013 4:22 PM

    oldbrowndawg says:
    Mar 12, 2013 3:56 PM
    “Hard to throw looking up at the clouds wafting over the stadium. ”

    In Cleveland that’s called “pollution”.

  70. hrmlss says: Mar 12, 2013 4:23 PM

    “Haden and mccoy would dominate together ” McCoy is switching to CB?

  71. wheremyfreeobamaphone says: Mar 12, 2013 4:24 PM

    Kruger became the driving force in the Baltimore Ravens’ pass rush last season, recording nine sacks during the regular season and 4.5 in the postseason, including two in the club’s Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

    During the regular season, Kruger had 38 quarterback hurries — 15 more than anyone else on the Ravens. He also had 15 quarterback hits — five more than anyone on the Baltimore defense.

    Ya… Bandwagon Ravens fans, you didn’t want him.

    My ass… LOL

  72. ravensfan19 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:27 PM

    Kruger is Getting Vastly Overpaid. He Only Started Playing Well Once Suggs Came back. He benefited from the attention Suggs and Ngata were getting from Offences. He will be another of Our Defensive who leave and become nobodies. Kruger is going to find out that the Grass isn’t always Greener on the Other side.

  73. TurkeyJoeJones says: Mar 12, 2013 4:27 PM

    Maybe instead of a jersey that fits, they need to find him a moth eaten red and black sweater and musty brown fedora. Why? Because this outrageous contract will come back to haunt Banner in his dreams. One-two Paul is coming for you– three four Banner and Lombardi out the door!

  74. azarkhan says: Mar 12, 2013 4:28 PM

    flavordave says: Kruger only goes there because the Eagles dont need his services…We get what we want. You get scraps.

    Glad you wanted that 4-12 record last year because you’ll have another losing season in 2013. LOL

  75. barbasol11111111 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:28 PM

    Another on a long list of former ravens defenders who never went on to be as good with a different team, I’m sure

    Except Kruger was never that good

    Whined non stop about playing special teams, the base alignments, and was worthless at setting the edge and/or in coverage, he can blitz with minimal success in obvious passing situations. Awesome.

    Had half of a good season out of 4-5, mostly against inferior competition

    Dropping bills on situational players with almost zero pedigree

    The Cleveland browns, everyone

    Still raking in lombardis here in baltimore, praise jah

  76. mike8016 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    Love the Seinfeld reference Florio

  77. officialgame says: Mar 12, 2013 4:31 PM

    Lil Joey Banner the GM who put together the Philly Dream Team is back at it again .

  78. flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 4:33 PM

    Eagles are the 1960 World Champions! Why would we want a super bowl when we are world champs?

  79. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 12, 2013 4:33 PM

    Adalius Thomas 2

  80. stevincinci says: Mar 12, 2013 4:37 PM

    Browns will still finish 4th in AFC North for at least the next 3 years, no matter who they sign. You can’t buy chemistry.

  81. godzilla111111 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:44 PM

    ATTENTION

    PFT uses the English language.

    Thank you,
    Readers everywhere

  82. keiselsbeard says: Mar 12, 2013 4:47 PM

    @flavordave: The Eagles fans “get what they want”? So U guys have always wanted to suck & never even sniff a Lombardi Trophy? Typical Filthadelphian.

  83. rocketcrab says: Mar 12, 2013 4:51 PM

    As a Ravens fan, would I have liked it if they had been able to keep Kruger? Sure. But there was a reason we called him “The Legend”. It was because we kept hearing about how much potential he had as a pass rusher since he got drafted. He was pretty much a non-factor for a long time, hence “The Legend”, as in Camelot. Finally, he showed up in the second half of the season. I wish him well, except for those two times each season when we play the Browns. A one trick pony.

  84. reedhof20 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    I honestly cannot believe the Browns fell for this. As a Ravens fan, I sometimes, late at night, wish the Browns would win and Ozzie would go back (and let Decosta take over for us) so their fans would just shut up. But they keep shooting themselves in the foot. This guy is the most overrated, gravy-trainin’ Raven ever – at least behind Bart Scott, E. Hartwell, and Sharper. He did NOTHING until Suggs showed up – he disappears against the run – pathetic.

  85. nathanbetz91 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:54 PM

    He may get rich but he’ll never get a championship

  86. Giantspunk213 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:55 PM

    I come for the football news and stay for the awful attempts at being funny

  87. dcapettini says: Mar 12, 2013 4:56 PM

    Kruger is a small-time white Albert Haynesworth. He could do squat for 3 years and has a great half season in his contract year. I wouldn’t pay him half of what the Browns are going to shell out. Ellerbe is another matter. I hate to lose him and that looks like the way it is going. Boldin is a big loss, but was pretty expensive as a #2 or #3 receiver.

    The great and powerful Oz knows what he is doing. We’ll be in the playoffs again next year. Once there, the road to the SB isn’t a yellow brick road. All kinds of strange stuff happens.

  88. bumbleb572 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:59 PM

    Almost 5 sacks in the playoffs and you will not miss him?? hahah I love it Raven fan. Suggs is getting old and injury prone and Lewis is gone as well will be ED Reed. Your Defense is coming apart at the seams your best young Pass rushing LB is now on your rivals squad. Point is you wanted to keep him but thanks to your 120million QB you couldn’t and you think Upshaw will fill his shoes well lets wait and see on that one.

  89. mclovinib says: Mar 12, 2013 4:59 PM

    congrats mr. kruger…we enjoyed your time in baltimore, you truned into a solid player in your contract year, thus earning a buttload of moola…well done.

  90. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    And another victim of the great Flacco robbery is revealed!

    Cue Ravens fans and their “b-b-but Joe’s only counting 6.8 mil against the cap” line.

  91. swagger52 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:04 PM

    This is payback for the Ravens taking the Browns team.

    Oh wait…the Browns overpaid for a Raven that will make their team worse. That isn’t quite payback for losing Superbowls and Hall of Famers.

    Cleveland Browns..The AFC North team that is a gift that keeps giving to the Ravens.

  92. footballfan says: Mar 12, 2013 8:17 PM

    Another raven gone. That team will be a bunch of rookies and an overpaid quarterback.

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