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Paul Kruger agrees to $40 million deal with Browns

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The Browns put their pile of salary cap room to use quickly Tuesday, signing Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger to a five-year deal worth $40 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old pass-rusher will be the centerpiece of new coordinator Ray Horton’s defense, and has the double benefit of taking away a key player from a division rival.

Kruger had 9.0 sacks in the regular season to lead the Ravens, and adding 4.5 more in the playoffs, setting the stage for his payday.

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96 Responses to “Paul Kruger agrees to $40 million deal with Browns”
  1. rocketcrab says: Mar 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    Did you just say $40 million?? For Kruger?

  2. swashbucklin says: Mar 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    He was a product of the system, not vice versa. Enjoy that weird back pad, Cleveland.

  3. jm91rs says: Mar 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    insert flavor dave comment about the eagles

  4. jarvis1104 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    Just like Flacco, the guy got hot at the right time then a team overpaid

  5. ravenution says: Mar 12, 2013 4:54 PM

    Wow. Kruger is a role player not a key player. He’ll be a cap casualty next year.

  6. flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 4:54 PM

    Chip Kelly would have given him more if he had the skills to make our team.

  7. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Mar 12, 2013 4:55 PM

    That is a lot of money. Somehow I’m thinking it’s unlikely that this contract will play out in its entirety.

  8. uvmcatamounts says: Mar 12, 2013 4:55 PM

    1.5 sacks without Suggs on the other side, 11.5 with Suggs.

  9. canadianbucsfan says: Mar 12, 2013 4:55 PM

    Kruger has some beast pass rushing moves. Good pick up by the Browns.

  10. hyzers says: Mar 12, 2013 4:55 PM

    Coming from a Lions fan, I can’t wait to see what Cliff ends up settling for hahaha

  11. kmglynn16 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:55 PM

    Overrated

  12. studio26seattle says: Mar 12, 2013 4:56 PM

    Yes, that is a lot of money. Welcome to the team Paul.

  13. doggpound4ever says: Mar 12, 2013 4:57 PM

    Haters will hate. Good signing Go Browns. Hope there are more to follow

  14. skoobyfl says: Mar 12, 2013 4:57 PM

    The birds exodus has begun, Joe must be so proud of that new contract.

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

    It will end up being a 2-year deal for like $20 million with a bunch of tacked on nonsense money Kruger will never see.

  16. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Mar 12, 2013 4:58 PM

    Well done, Kruger. Desperate Browns get fleeced again.

  17. mding729 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:58 PM

    Leaving a super bowl winning team to going to a team where career’s go to die, not a smart move by kruger!

    Joe Banner is going to run that team further into the ground!!!

  18. ravenaintor says: Mar 12, 2013 4:59 PM

    The Ravens can do without. Plug and keep outplaying that’s how the Ravens do it.

  19. ravenator says: Mar 12, 2013 4:59 PM

    9 sacks in the regular season, 1.5 sacks prior to Sugss return, and 8 of those 9 sacks came against rookie offensive tackles.

    Just another player being overpaid due to the Ravens’ plug and play system. I’m sure Ray Rice and Pierce are already planning to run at Kruger.

  20. justanotherdummy says: Mar 12, 2013 4:59 PM

    The people in Philadelphia hate him. Players do not always like him. But Joe Banner will get good players for your team, and I would not be surprised if the Browns improve over the coming years. Kruger is a good player who will help the defensive backfield look better with his pass rush.

  21. itsmammoth says: Mar 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    40 Million for this flavor of the week.

    What’s that? The Browns still need a real QB?

  22. jakec4 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    A pivotal piece to the Browns 15 year re-build. I guess once you have a ring you should try and cash in, but time will tell if Kruger can deal with the atmosphere of being on a losing team every year. Crazy money for an okay player.

  23. riceforpres27 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    He just joined the witness protection program like jarret Johnson did last year!!

  24. bengalguy says: Mar 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    This organization makes one bad move on top of another, over &over & over & over…..

  25. Stiller43 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    8 mil a year for an “elite” pass rusher? Cliff avrils gonna be upset!!

  26. rdfish says: Mar 12, 2013 5:01 PM

    People like to mention that he only had 1.5 sacks when Suggs was out, but never mention that he was also dealing with a back injury at the time. This guy got stabbed in the stomach a few years ago, held in his guts, and got 100 staples. I’ll put my faith in him.

  27. ravens4fr says: Mar 12, 2013 5:02 PM

    Too bad he can’t set the edge – all that money for a 1-D player?!?!

  28. barbasol11111111 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    Your key defender is a situational player?

    Hahahahahahaha

  29. stephenolszewski says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    You have Ray Lewis,Ed Reed, Suggs, and Ngata of course someone is going to get all those freebies I understand all those guys were hurt at times this year too

  30. jgals says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    Only 20 million guaranteed and we all know this contract will be restructured in the future. Good pick up by the Browns. Now draft Jarvis Jones and put him on the opposite side!

  31. brownsfanman says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    Good fit on our new D this year. Now lets get the other CB we need and we will be a sack beast this year. Horton is going to have fun with this crew!

  32. stephenolszewski says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    You have Ray Lewis,Ed Reed, Suggs, and Ngata of course someone is going to get all those freebies I understand all those guys were hurt at times this year too

  33. brownsfanman says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    Good fit on our new D this year. Now lets get the other CB we need and we will be a sack beast this year. Horton is going to have fun with this crew!

  34. jgals says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    Only 20 million guaranteed and we all know this contract will be restructured in the future. Good pick up by the Browns. Now draft Jarvis Jones and put him on the opposite side!

  35. causeisaid says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    let me drop a few names… Adalius Thomas, Bart Scott, Paul Kruger…all leave for “greener” pastures. And none were as successful. Kruger didnt even start. Again, he didnt even START for the Ravens.

  36. brownsfanman says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    Good fit on our new D this year. Now lets get the other CB we need and we will be a sack beast this year. Horton is going to have fun with this crew!

  37. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    Wow. ESPN didn’t even have him in the top 50 on their FA list.

    If I were Oz and Kruger’s agent said he wanted that kind of money I’d have packed his bags myself.

  38. brownsfanman says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    Good fit on our new D this year. Now lets get the other CB we need and we will be a sack beast this year. Horton is going to have fun with this crew!

  39. ravens4fr says: Mar 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    Too bad he can’t set the edge – all that money for a 1-D player?!

  40. jr4real says: Mar 12, 2013 5:05 PM

    Ravens jumpin’ off the bandwagon!!!

    Another excuse coming from Raven8r

  41. jgals says: Mar 12, 2013 5:05 PM

    Only 20 mil guaranteed and itll end up getting restructured later. Now draft Jarvis Jones and put him on the opposite side!

  42. johngaltwho says: Mar 12, 2013 5:05 PM

    (Announcer’s voice)”Congratulations Joe Flacco – You just won the superbowl and were awarded a contract that far exceeded your value; what are you going to do next?”
    (Flacco) “I’m going to Disney World and then go lead my bankrupt team to five successive years of not making the playoffs”

  43. givemericewiththat says: Mar 12, 2013 5:07 PM

    Dude played 22 defensive snaps in the Super Bowl and he wasn’t hurt or in the dog house.

  44. ac540 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:07 PM

    Good for him. He got moved around a lot by the Ravens and finally played well when they needed him. That being said, hopefully this leads to a good compensatory pick for a guy who was a backup in the Super Bowl. Welcome to third place.

  45. brownsfanman says: Mar 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    Wow, I can’t believe they let half of you guys on this site. You have absolutely no clue what you are even talking about. I bet Kruger has a better year next year than this past season. The Browns linebackers had better stats than the ravens last year, so this is an upgrade for Kruger as well. The Ravens will be lucky to hit .500 over the next 3 years, so he jumped ship at the right time!

  46. DicksSportingWoods says: Mar 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    Same comments from the same people after every Kruger article. The money means nothing when you’re $40M under the cap. He’ll be good playing behind Phil Taylor and Rubin. And next to D’qwell. (And Jarvis Jones)

  47. clebrowns216 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:12 PM

    Haha those who think the Browns are that terrible and will continue to be terrible in the future don’t know anything about football. Your just looking at the past.

    Steelers going downhill and Ravens going downhill. Open your eyes and learn something about football.

  48. jamaltimore says: Mar 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    Ha ha name a ravens defender who went somewhere else and you heard his name after a year. Thanks Paul for less than 20 sacks in 5 years and one pick against Steelers bit other than that u were a mediocre player. At least you’ll have 2012 to remember when ur back im Utah 2 years from now.

    Also flacco and the ravens will continue to win year after year. Ozzie and the staff creates new studs every year so get ready for Upshaw time

  49. trevor123698 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    I would say he doesn’t play this contract out but he may come closer than we think. 27 is prime age to own a player and I remember him being in on nearly every play in that playoff run. He stuck out to me more than anyone on that defense

  50. dickson29 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:14 PM

    and down go the ravens…..Another star player history!

  51. thebrownyelf says: Mar 12, 2013 5:14 PM

    Great pickup for 8 mil a year. Kruger will produce with Sheard on the other side and hopefully another pickup like Jarvus Jones in the draft

  52. noquickreactionshere says: Mar 12, 2013 5:15 PM

    At best he is a situational pass rusher who can’t play the run. At worst he is a second round bust who struggled until Suggs got back on the field. Either way that is way too much money.

    And to whoever said “Haters gunna hate…” Nobody hates on Cleveland dummy… your team is the Tiny Tim of the NFL.

  53. donmcg2012 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:15 PM

    Man I’m glad I gave up my season tickets.

  54. jdfrox says: Mar 12, 2013 5:16 PM

    Kruger was huge for the Ravens no doubt. But he is a part time player who is not strong against the run. He also performed well against one on one matchups and was a non-factor against teams that devoted more attention to him. I wish he could have stayed because the Ravens did draft him and develop him and he did not do anything until his final year, but everyone knew he was gone. And when is the last time the Ravens let a defensive player go and missed him? Trevor Pryce? Jarret Johnson? Ed Hartwell? Bart Scott?

  55. 216ty says: Mar 12, 2013 5:17 PM

    Lol I love all the hate but there seems to b a few good football minds who know what they r talking about. Some people have too much time on their hands. Lol SMDH

  56. reed20fence says: Mar 12, 2013 5:17 PM

    Hows bout one last cheer from Raven Nation…

    KRRRUUUUUUUUUUGGGGG

  57. officialgame says: Mar 12, 2013 5:18 PM

    Cleveland has been a place where careers die so you have pay a Lake effect tax to land good players. This contract is basically a joke.

  58. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Mar 12, 2013 5:19 PM

    Now he can get a jersey that fits

  59. ballboy48 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:19 PM

    You Ravens fans talk like you had an elite Defense last year. The Browns have plenty of money to put together a nice young team. I’d take Kruger, Phil Taylor, Ahtyba Rubin, Jabaal Sheard, D’Qwell Jackson, Joe Haden, TJ Ward, and most likely Dion Jordan or Jarvis Jones, with Ray Horton as DC any day! Weren’t the Ravens fans praising this guy just a few weeks ago, because he “came on strong”? You Ravens fans are sweating bullets, because you lost Boldin, Kruger, Lewis, and most likely Reed, in a matter of days.

  60. riders008 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:20 PM

    Hey flavordave……
    You talk a lot of crap about how sweet the eagles and chip Kelley are….but seem to forget they hired pat shurmur from the browns for their OC…..plus u guys have not made the playoffs with all your”talent”…. Your an embarrassment to real Philly fans

  61. wegogreenbay says: Mar 12, 2013 5:21 PM

    From the shocking information department: $$$ means more to guys than winning.

  62. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 12, 2013 5:23 PM

    DicksSportingWoods says:
    Mar 12, 2013 5:09 PM
    Same comments from the same people after every Kruger article. The money means nothing when you’re $40M under the cap. He’ll be good playing behind Phil Taylor and Rubin. And next to D’qwell. (And Jarvis Jones)

    —–

    Shortsighted. Spend it all now to get to 8-8, then you have to cut the players who got you there to try to take that next step.

  63. iamthefootballjerk says: Mar 12, 2013 5:25 PM

    They paid about $35 mil too much. Book it.

    Take a loot at the numbers, and Kruger was terrible before Suggs came back and was the focus of offensive lines. I don’t know that Cleveland has a Suggs.

  64. rickrock6661982 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:27 PM

    Mike Lombardi folks..

    lol

  65. keiselsbeard says: Mar 12, 2013 5:31 PM

    Casualty #2 of the Flacco contract. Many more to.come.Savor your Lombardi, Baltimore, it’s the last you’ll see for over another decade. Enjoy your “Elite” QB. LOL!

  66. ravensfan19 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:32 PM

    @Brownsfanman.

    I would like to Know what Browns Linebackers are Better than Suggs ? If you actually watched the Ravens this Year, you would Know Kruger Only Started Playing Well Once Suggs was back because of the attention Suggs and Ngata were getting from offences.

    You vastly Overpaid for a System Player. Hahahaha and you said We will be lucky stay above .500 over next 3 years. Lmao we are the Super Bowl champs and are in the Playoffs every Year. Browns fans are the Last People who should be trash talking, You haven’t made the Playoffs since 2002 LMAOOOO. We have Great players and A Great GM, We will continue to be Relevant, You Will still be the Bottom Feeders of the Division.

  67. paintan8 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:32 PM

    dickson29 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 5:14 PM
    and down go the ravens…..Another star player history!

    Because every player that leaves Baltimore in free agency becomes a huge star and has career years elsewhere. Keep holding your breath Cleveland

  68. imeanwhatisay says: Mar 12, 2013 5:32 PM

    very happy gor Kruger thx for the super performance

  69. urbanwarfare12 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:33 PM

    The Browns paid money that plenty of other teams would have paid for Kruger’s services. He was a good player on an average defense, but he may thrive in the Browns’ defensive system. It’s really easy to make speculations when the guy hasn’t played a down in a Browns uniform yet. Let free agency and the season play out before you make your uninformed and biased comments.

  70. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 12, 2013 5:35 PM

    Side benefit of playing in Cleveleand is that Kruger’s offseason starts at the end of December now.

  71. mrfrostyj says: Mar 12, 2013 5:36 PM

    Great call for both involed. Browns now probably still have a little less than 40 million left in cap space with a 5 year deal leaving them open to spend a lot more and Kruger gets a major upgrade of players around him to possibly make his numbers even better than they were last season. If the Browns add one of the top corners they could possible end up being the top defense in the leage. Horton was a miracle worker in Arizona and their defense didn’t even have close to the talent that he has now.

  72. bonato55 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:38 PM

    Wasnt 1/2 the player he was when Lewis and Suggs were hurt.. Over payed

  73. thebrownyelf says: Mar 12, 2013 5:40 PM

    You can’t be in cap trouble if you don’t spend all the money, and Banner is never in cap trouble

  74. samoanjungle says: Mar 12, 2013 5:43 PM

    Reedonkulous

  75. golonger says: Mar 12, 2013 5:43 PM

    LOL, the Browns crack me up, this is really, really sad. It’s especially sad that individuals are actually paid, and paid HANDSOMELY to make these crack-pot decisions for an “NFL” franchise. Kruger is a great puzzle piece, but that’s all. LOL

  76. wallacejay says: Mar 12, 2013 5:47 PM

    Ellerbe to the Dolphins

  77. donmcg2012 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:48 PM

    So, Kruger gets 8M a year and Wallace gets 6M a year. Who looks like the fools now Browns front office?

  78. brownsfanman says: Mar 12, 2013 5:53 PM

    Wow and now Ellerbe is going to the Dolphins. Man that air must stink in Baltimore! They win a SuperBowl and everyone wants out! Haha

  79. ballboy48 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:55 PM

    Hey Ravens fans, make that Kruger, Lewis, Boldin, most likely Reed, and NOW ELLERBE TO THE DOLPHINS!!! Have fun in last place for years to come. Hope you like Flacco!

  80. senky3 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:57 PM

    everybody is beating up the browns and kruger, what about the ravens, how many defensive players are they losing to other teams? the plug and play only works when you “plug” a couple of new guys in at a time. start counting how many need to be plugged right now. middle linebacker end, corner, safety, and counting

  81. uberdepressedbrownsredsfan says: Mar 12, 2013 5:58 PM

    if hes no good all you have to do is cut him…..all that matters is the guaranteed money in the NFL….stop freaking out people

  82. vincentbojackson says: Mar 12, 2013 5:58 PM

    Judging by all these posts, Raven fans really didn’t care much for Paul Kruger. Maybe the reason he got out. I see Ellerbe just signed with Dolphins. Can’t wait to see how much they disliked him when the news gets out.

  83. grs27 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:59 PM

    and Elerbe to Miami. The ship has sunk. Looks like no one wants to play in Baltimore.

  84. grogansheroes says: Mar 12, 2013 5:59 PM

    Who was the last Raven defender to leave and make an impact with their new team?

  85. jacksprat57 says: Mar 12, 2013 6:05 PM

    The Browns are a bad team that’s switching schemes. They needed new personnel and he’s likely the best rush LB who flirted back. What’s a boy to do, so close to closing time?

  86. jazzyherb says: Mar 12, 2013 6:09 PM

    Yeah or Kruger,Ellerbe,Boldin, Ray Lewis…..

  87. jacksprat57 says: Mar 12, 2013 6:10 PM

    Uber’s got it right, people. They’ve got the cap room to pay him in real time, so they’re only stuck with him for two years, should he not pan out. On the other hand, he’s a cheap fixture for half a decade, should he work out.

  88. chief0727 says: Mar 12, 2013 6:25 PM

    Amazing how fans hate on someone when they leave but sing their praises when they stay. He had 1 1/2 sacks when he was recovering from an early season back injury. He got healthy and then had 7 1/2 sacks in 8-9 games. Add 4 1/2 sacks in 3 playoff games. He’s a 2 year starter and still improving. If I’m a Raven fan I’m more worried over how their going to replace at least 3-4 defensive starters and Boldin. Who’s gonna catch the deep prayers that Flacco threw up for grabs? I guess Ozzie couldn’t spin gold from straw this off season

  89. yesimcleveland216 says: Mar 12, 2013 6:51 PM

    Just remember the only reason Baltimore has any super bowl rings is because they stole our team. Kruger has a good motor that fits Ray Hortons 3-4 scheme with “big guys that can run and little guys that can hit”. He will surely help our defenses transition.

  90. andylucksneck says: Mar 12, 2013 6:55 PM

    We are all witnessing the worst GM job in the national football league. Ozzie signs a QB that isn’t worthy of a 120 million dollar contract and gets rid of all the players that made this hack what he is for a small stretch. Kruger is going to wreak havoc on flacco and the ratbirds for years to come. WORST MOVE EVER!

    HTTR!!!

  91. Deb says: Mar 12, 2013 7:25 PM

    The good news is that Kruger is a good acquisition and the Browns have plenty of money to spend. But I’m not sure he’s worth $40 million of their spending capital. How well will he perform without the other pieces of the Ravens’ defensive puzzle?

  92. matthewmacisaac says: Mar 12, 2013 7:35 PM

    I think they overpaid him but so what? He is an upgrade and will fit in the new 3-4. Will he get 11 sacks? I doubt it, but he’ll be better than Maiva. I really want to see them go after Levitre and then pick up Warmack in the Draft. Then I’d say they have improved to where playoffs are a possibility.

  93. thebrownyelf says: Mar 12, 2013 8:03 PM

    donmcg2012 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 5:48 PM
    So, Kruger gets 8M a year and Wallace gets 6M a year. Who looks like the fools now Browns front office?
    ———————————–
    Do you mean Mike Wallace, who is making 13 mil a season? Not sure where you got 6 from….

  94. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 12, 2013 9:41 PM

    swashbucklin says:
    Mar 12, 2013 4:53 PM
    He was a product of the system, not vice versa. Enjoy that weird back pad, Cleveland.
    —————————————-

    Translation: “We lost Kruger and I’m so mad I think I’ll hold my breath! Darn that overpaying of mediocre Flacco, look what it’s done to the team! Waaahhh! Last year I was bragging up Kruger to everyone, now I’ll have to say he’s not any good! Wahhhh!!”

    And really, is there a bigger “product of the system” than Joe Flacco? Funny, I bet you’re not ripping him.

  95. plumbstl says: Mar 12, 2013 11:22 PM

    Ha ha ha you lost another LB #59 on top of kugler

  96. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Mar 13, 2013 4:39 AM

    Yikes, $8 mil is a lot to pay an OLB.

    Why do teams drastically overpay for a piece of last year’s superbowl winner? Guy is a starter for an NFL team, that’s it. Not even a pro-bowler, not even the best OLB on his own team, just one of the top 64ish guys at his position (disregarding 3/4 vs 4/3 scheme fits, he’d be a special teamer if he even got on the field in a 4/3).

    All I can think is that maybe it’s so the other guys in the locker room get to see his ring and paycheck and start to think “man, if can do that, I can too”.

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