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Horton happy with Cleveland’s free-agent haul

Ray Horton AP

The Browns quickly pounced on linebacker Paul Kruger, defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, and linebacker Quentin Groves when free agency opened.

New defensive coordinator Ray Horton is happy about that — especially in light of the players the team already has under contract in the front seven of the defense.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about having the men that we have up front,” Horton told the team’s official website.  “One of the first things that jumped out on film when I looked was how these guys run to the ball.  They’re all big, strong, tough guys that love football, run to the football, and boy, I’m excited.  Everybody, in my opinion, can play football and you can roll guys through.  I don’t think we’ll see a drop-off in the talent level.  I know you won’t see a drop in effort.”

Horton envisions Kruger becoming a leader of the team’s defense.

“I think if we keep building the defense the way we are, it’s like that pyramid system where you keep stacking blocks on top and you get to the top and you’ve got that pinnacle of players or player that’s your leader,” Horton said.  “One of those guys is D’Qwell [Jackson], and I think bringing Paul Kruger in, that’s another where he’s been there and done that.  That adds instant credibility in the locker room, on the field, for the opponents that the Cleveland Browns are going to get quality, good football players.”

At a time when other teams in the division are losing quality, good football players, that’s a huge advantage for the Browns.

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48 Responses to “Horton happy with Cleveland’s free-agent haul”
  1. thenflguru says: Mar 15, 2013 10:52 PM

    You pay a half a season wonder 40 million dollars and let go one of your best young players brilliant.

  2. thetooloftools says: Mar 15, 2013 10:54 PM

    I live in Cleveland.
    I trust Ray Horton.

  3. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Mar 15, 2013 11:03 PM

    “I don’t think we’ll see a drop off in the talent level.”

    He knows that this is the Factory of Sadness, right? There isn’t that far to drop off. I’m not sure we would notice if it did.

  4. wheremyfreeobamaphone says: Mar 15, 2013 11:03 PM

    By the start of the season there’s only gonna be 2 teams in the AFCN…

    Baltimore won’t have enough players left to field a team… Average Joe is gonna have to play positions on Defense, probably some Special Teams, and then he’d still be getting paid about 50 million more than he’s worth.

    Pittsburgh… Half the team will be in Hospice receiving geriatric treatment.

  5. noburghfan says: Mar 15, 2013 11:05 PM

    Kruger is just one piece of the defense !! With
    the rest of the talent and Horton , watchout
    AFCN !!

  6. bumbleb572 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:09 PM

    Whose the great young player we let go? Frosted Rucker? Lol!!

  7. jesse1834 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:09 PM

    Odd a CB was not signed by the Browns. I figured they’d get someone opposite of Joe Haden.

  8. boctavious says: Mar 15, 2013 11:12 PM

    Who was one of the best young players the browns let go?

  9. vottorific says: Mar 15, 2013 11:13 PM

    As a new D.C. I’d be thrilled with that haul. Impressive. As a Bengals fan cant wait for some great games between these two. Careful tho, free agency has a very low success rate.

  10. shoeflypie says: Mar 15, 2013 11:22 PM

    At last! Horton hears a Who!

  11. kingfish2013 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:24 PM

    Bring Elvis to the Rock n Roll Capital!we can overpay him.Go Brownies…

  12. phan216 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:34 PM

    Let their best young player walk? Are you talking about Cribbs? Yea dude……you are a real “nfl guru.” lol….idiot

  13. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:36 PM

    Ray Horton is about the only good thing the Browns have going for them.

  14. stoolerz says: Mar 15, 2013 11:42 PM

    NFL guru, you need to change your name to dont know squat, they did not release any young good players this year.

  15. studio26seattle says: Mar 15, 2013 11:48 PM

    @jesse1834 – I think cause we’re gonna draft one with our first round pick. Come on Dee Milliner!

  16. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 15, 2013 11:52 PM

    Look…..I can’t be the only one who questions the decision making of a 50 year old man sporting cornrows…..

    How is this not an issue?

  17. raiderapologist says: Mar 16, 2013 12:03 AM

    Two thirds of that FA haul consisted of former Raider defenders. The Factory of Sadness has never lost a Super Bowl.

  18. sbiegler6 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:05 AM

    No one can deny that Cleveland is winning the offseason in the AFC North. The question is, will it translate to the regular season?

  19. modellforprez says: Mar 16, 2013 12:13 AM

    is this the Gordon Staal article?

  20. stoolers23 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:23 AM

    thenflguru says:Mar 15, 2013 10:52 PM

    “You pay a half a season wonder 40 million dollars and let go one of your best young players brilliant.”

    Who is this best young player you speak of???
    Not the soon to be 31 overpaid, one dimensional
    can’t catch a cold Josh Cribbs could it be??

  21. Iknoweverything says: Mar 16, 2013 12:27 AM

    Did Horton hear a Ho? Cause that is the only way the team gets a >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  22. sportsnut101 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:28 AM

    I thought browns played good def already There offensive is just bad no wr qb who knows with him. Only good thing I thought they have is def n rb. But why didn’t They go after any wr

  23. brownsfanincali says: Mar 16, 2013 12:44 AM

    Ray can wear a green fright wig and his bathrobe on the sideline if he wins…

  24. rajbais says: Mar 16, 2013 12:46 AM

    Is Kerry Rhodes coming to town??

  25. walleye436 says: Mar 16, 2013 1:18 AM

    You build a front seven that wreaks havoc with pressure coming from different directions….hell..Buster Skrine will even look good..

  26. deminizer says: Mar 16, 2013 1:33 AM

    Cleveland still has to score points to win, right? I mean, I thought offense and QB still took snaps and stuff. Did the competition committee do away with scoring points? Talking smack after a decade in the cellar when Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and yes, Cincy have managed to make the playoffs or go .500 over the past few years is impressive. Kind of like predicting you’ll win the SuperBowl 3 years in a row and failing. Roethlisberger, Flacco and Dalton are no Brandon Weeden, I know, but they’ve managed to do some good things in the league. Playoffs, Super Bowls, throw more passes to their own teammates rather than to other teams and such. Perhaps paying a guy $40 mil and making him the De Facto leader of an already decent defense is a good idea, especially when he’s only on the field about 15 snaps a game. About as wise as drafting a 28 year old rookie to lead your offense.

  27. td40 says: Mar 16, 2013 1:56 AM

    If any of these guys flop, Horton will hear a BOO. nyuk nyuk…

  28. indychiefsfan says: Mar 16, 2013 2:19 AM

    Its inevitable. The Browns are actually starting to look good on that side of the ball. If the Steelers and Ravens do take a dive as expected this division should be wide open. Interesting.

  29. natijim235 says: Mar 16, 2013 2:30 AM

    ray horton was a good guy but average player with bengals

  30. natijim235 says: Mar 16, 2013 2:31 AM

    besides what’s he gonna say we paid alot of money for a pile of dung

  31. dabmasterhap says: Mar 16, 2013 2:41 AM

    Was a player, understands the grind. Great motivator with a staple of young talent. Should be promising. One more thing! Whether your like it or not, Lombardi knows what the F—- his doing.

  32. trnkgngblaze says: Mar 16, 2013 2:48 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Browns make a solid improvement next year in the win column. If they can find any type of solution to their QB’s performing at a higher level, they could easily improve from 5-11 to 8-8 next year.

  33. ravenmuscle says: Mar 16, 2013 4:19 AM

    Brandon Weeden….bwaahaahaahaahaa.

    And the Cleveland Browns win the Superbowl In March…bwaahaahaahaa.

    Nothing changes in Cleveland….the stadium will empty out at halftime just like always.

    What else would Horton say…all the players we got suck????

  34. clebrowntown says: Mar 16, 2013 6:04 AM

    Love the new selections as well as most of the new staff including Horton.
    What I’m even more impressed with…Florio actually did a positive piece on the Brownies…OMG!

  35. camdenyard says: Mar 16, 2013 7:02 AM

    Ozzie Newsome is laughing. C-suck just wildly overpaid for a guy who’s a good player but, like many Ravens who have left the nest, a “system” guy. Seriously, how many ex-Ravens make a big impact? Priest Holmes was the last I can remember.

    Ozzie is doing what he does – building a roster through the draft and with “right player, right price” FAs.

    “At a time when other teams in the division are losing quality, good football players, that’s a huge advantage for the Browns.”

    Huge advantage? LOL, gimme a break. Cleveland is Cleveland because this has been their MO for years. At the end of the day, it will be the rest of the AFCN fighting for the division and the Clowns will be sucking exhaust fumes again.

  36. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 16, 2013 7:27 AM

    i guess when yr in cleveland, u have to overpay for mediocre talent, ie:paul krueger

  37. pksullivanmha says: Mar 16, 2013 8:44 AM

    I hope they do better than the Bills did after the same foray into free agency in 2012. @footballady52 🏈

  38. 216ty says: Mar 16, 2013 9:48 AM

    The

  39. brownsfanman says: Mar 16, 2013 9:50 AM

    1. The deal we got Paul at is cheaper than what the experts predicted!
    2. Weeden will surprise you guys this year in a vertical pass game. He isn’t built for the west coast. Wait and see!
    3. Baltimore is retarded for giving Flaco that kind of money. Simply because he sucks and we will see that this year. When no one will be able to catch his ducks out of the air!
    4. Out defense last year was right in line with Baltimores on almost every stat category. Then we didn’t lose any key players and added 2 upgrades and 1 player who knows Horton’s system.

    Wait and see this year boys!

  40. 216ty says: Mar 16, 2013 9:52 AM

    There r obviously some dumb uneducated fans posting on here. This teams goes out and grabs talent that fits a mold. Is anyone encouraged? No of course not! Typical dumbass Cleveland fans we wanna waste a ton of money on mike Wallace or other guys who don’t fit what this new regime wants to do. U guys do realize that there’s a whole new regime and system in place don’t u? Same dumb comments from when the old regime was in. SMDH. No wonder this team can’t win no matter what u do its never ever good enough.

  41. stephenolszewski says: Mar 16, 2013 9:52 AM

    Cleveland didnt overpay for Kruger I’d say if he provides 10 sacks or close to it that 8 million a year isn’t too shabby. Considering Browns have paid worse players more money (Gary Baxter,Jake Delhomme, Ted Washington)

  42. coop16 says: Mar 16, 2013 9:52 AM

    If you’re a longtime Browns fan as I am, you’ve heard all this before. Talk is cheap. Let’s see some improvement in the won-lost column before we pat ourselves on the back. And since we still don’t have a real NFL QB, I’m not convinced we’ll see any measurable improvement this year.

  43. oldcracker says: Mar 16, 2013 12:44 PM

    Other than a “specialized” OLB, and a couple of bit players, where is the talent we were promised by the F.O.?

    I’m watching as the DE’s, CB’s, FS’s, TE’s, and WR’s get signed and where are the Browns?

    Banner is just another Circus Barker, trying to convince us there’s something inside the tent we must see. Action speaks louder than words, Joe!

  44. rolli1967 says: Mar 16, 2013 4:00 PM

    camdenyard says: Mar 16, 2013 7:02 AM

    Ozzie Newsome is laughing. C-suck just wildly overpaid for a guy who’s a good player but, like many Ravens who have left the nest, a “system” guy. Seriously, how many ex-Ravens make a big impact? Priest Holmes was the last I can remember.

    Ozzie is doing what he does – building a roster through the draft and with “right player, right price” FAs.

    “At a time when other teams in the division are losing quality, good football players, that’s a huge advantage for the Browns.”

    Huge advantage? LOL, gimme a break. Cleveland is Cleveland because this has been their MO for years. At the end of the day, it will be the rest of the AFCN fighting for the division and the Clowns will be sucking exhaust fumes again.
    ——————————————————-

    We shall see who has the last laugh. The Rat-Turds had to mortgage the whole farm on keeping Flaccid and as a result just about every key player from the 2012 campaign had to take a hike….lets see Boldin, Reed, Ellerbe, Krueger all gone. Without Boldin to rescue his sorry behind Joe Flaccid true colors as a $120,000,000 mediocre QB will be there for all to laugh at. I laughing hardest when the resurgent Browns wipe the field with the Ratbirds.

  45. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 16, 2013 4:56 PM

    It’s great to see the browns put together a solid coaching staff, and what appears to be one of the best front seven defenses in the making. The silly fans of the other afc north teams psoting on here are proving they are actually indimidated and jealous, as they see the browns stockpiling talent, as their teams are rapidly losing talent or not making any moves to ugrade. Look for the browns to make a big jump this year and atop the afc north for years to come. steelers, ravens, you had your good runs be grateful and live in the past, bengals, well they’ll alwyas be the bengals, decent ,but never good enough to get past the first round wildcard playoff game, until Brwon sell the team , or marvin lewis is fired look for the bungles to just be average. So browns fans, unite, the future is bright, the rest of you, please don’t hate, just appreciate being able to watch firsthand, a dynasty in the making.

  46. draynish says: Mar 16, 2013 10:45 PM

    I love all the haters on this site, I swear you sound like 75 year olds talking about legalizing pot, always negatives, this is a young talented team that finally has a coach who is good at utilizing his roster to their strengths, not fitting players to the system, we added a couple players in free agency to bring our defense from a good 4-3 defense, to a top 5 3-4 disruptive defense, we also are going to have a run heavy vertical passing offense that fits a QB going into only his 2nd year, weeden has a better chance to succeed in this system than anyone in the market or draft, I believe this team is heading in the right direction, we have a good proven president, a passionate owner, a coach who has been very intuitive with his offenses since starting OC jobs,and IMO its a great plus that he always has loved the Browns, plus a great DC and OC w head coaching exp., the only person in the current organization that the jury is out on is Lombardi, and with such great people around him, he should succeed, I’m very excited for this season!!

  47. draynish says: Mar 16, 2013 11:01 PM

    Why is everyone so hard on Weeden, if he was 23 as most 2nd yr QBs are or if he was drafted any other draft class, he would be looked at as a pretty good QB, think about the other rookies, Luck is the best QB coming out of college possibly ever, RG3 had a system created around him and his strengths, Wilson had the best overall team and everything opened up to him due to the great running game and O-Line, and Tannehill wasn’t that impressive, he was very conservative. Weeden was a square peg being shoved into the system of a coach who is possibly the least innovative coach I’ve ever seen, with a rookie WR, RB, RT, also 2nd yr WR, all leads to low chance to succeed, we spent a first rd pick on the guy, the least we can do is give home a fair shot with a good coach and a system that fits his strengths, plus the WRs should be much improved this season, think about it, don’t get Mallet, Billichek is a QB drafting nightmare who shops them at way above what their market value is, other than Brady has never drafted a great QB, look at Cassel as an example, and he had more exp than Mallet does.

  48. TurkeyJoeJones says: Mar 16, 2013 11:02 PM

    The Browns are going to get stuck with all these stiffs they signed and RH will leave them after one season stuck w/ this 3/4 defense.

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