Browns Get Ravens Linebacker in Free Agency

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The Browns reached an agreement Tuesday afternoon to bring former Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger to the North Coast.  According to multiple sources, the team will shell out 40 million over 5 years to bring the former Baltimore pass rushing linebacker here.

Kruger is coming off a season where he had 8 sacks, his best season total of his career. He was productive in the playoffs, with 4.5 sacks helping the Ravens win the Super Bowl over the San Francisco 49ers.

Kruger was a big target of the Browns management, and especially of defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who will employ a 3-4 defense.  It’s believed Quentin Groves, a linebacker with the Arizona Cards will visit the Browns.

“We are very excited about the addition of Paul Kruger to our team,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “He is a talented linebacker who is going to make an immediate impact on our defense.  When you put on the film you see physicality, explosive pass rush and a high motor.  He has been very productive for the Ravens, and proved it at the highest level last season in the playoffs.”

“Paul is the type of player we were looking to bring on at the outset of free agency, and we are thrilled that we were able to sign him,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “Not only do we feel strongly about his ability as a football player, but he will add a great deal from a leadership standpoint as well.  He has exhibited marked improvement each year of his career and we believe he can help the Cleveland Browns for many years to come.”

Jared Cook, a tight end with the Tennessee Titans is also believed to be a big target of the Browns.