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Browns, Kruger agree to terms

Posted Mar 12, 2013

Free-agent linebacker Paul Kruger has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Tuesday evening.

Free-agent linebacker Paul Kruger, fresh off of a career year that culminated with helping lead the Baltimore Ravens to a victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Feb. 3, has agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns made the announcement after the start of the free-agency period on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

“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.”

In four postseason games this past season, Kruger registered 14 total tackles, nine solo stops and 4.5 sacks. He registered 2.5 sacks on Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck in the Wildcard round, and finished the season with two sacks in the Super Bowl.

Kruger, a native of Rexburg, Idaho, and a former University of Utah standout, had his most productive regular season in 2012. His nine sacks led the team, and accounted for 24.3 percent of the team’s 37 sacks last fall.

He also set career bests for total tackles (42), unassisted stops (30), passes defended (six), interceptions (one), and forced fumbles (one) for the AFC North Division champions last season.

During his four years with the Ravens, Kruger registered 69 total tackles, 47 solo stops, 15.5 sacks, 13 passes defended, and two interceptions.