Paul Kruger LB CLE 1 Month

Kruger totaled five tackles (four) and two sacks in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Kruger had just 4.5 sacks during all of 2013 with the Browns, but he already looks poised to produce higher totals in new coach Mike Pettine's defensive scheme. He's primarily a pass-rusher, however, so it wouldn't be wise to expect high tackle numbers from the 28-year-old. Kruger's career-best of 47 combined tackles was set just last season.

Paul Kruger LB CLE 6 Months

Despite only recording 4.5 sacks, Browns OLB Paul Kruger racked up 51 total pressures in 2013.

Disruption is production. According to Pro Football Focus, Kruger had 39 QB hurries and 8 QB hits on the season. We expect Kruger's sack total to increase under new head coach Mike Pettine. Last season, Pettine's Bills posted 57 sacks and had three players reach double-digits - Mario Williams (13), Kyle Williams (10.5) and Jerry Hughes (10.0).

Paul Kruger LB CLE Jul 15 '13

The Browns will use Paul Kruger primarily at left outside linebacker in new coordinator Ray Horton's 3-4.

Jabaal Sheard will play right outside 'backer, and first-round pick Barkevious Mingo will be the top pass-rushing reserve. NFL Films' Greg Cosell recently suggested Mingo could be employed like Horton did Daryl Washington on passing downs in Arizona, using linemen to occupy blocks and letting Mingo run free to the quarterback. All three rush 'backers will be candidates for 6-10 sacks.

Paul Kruger LB CLE May 24 '13

Browns OLBs Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard are alternating sides in OTAs.

It's a minor detail. "It gives us a chance to work them there in case you need to down the road and just see guys from different sides," coach Rob Chudzinski said. Whatever side he's rushing from, Kruger will be an every-down player as the strong-side linebacker. Sheard will have to fight for snaps with first-round pick Barkevious Mingo, and could be limited to sub-packages.

Paul Kruger LB CLE Mar 12 '13

Browns agreed to terms with OLB Paul Kruger on a five-year, $41 million contract.

It reportedly includes $20 million guaranteed. It's a generous haul for a four-year veteran with just 15.5 career sacks, but probably not what Kruger had in mind before the start of free agency. Kruger will line up opposite OLB Jabaal Sheard in new DC Ray Horton's attacking 3-4 defense. Kruger's signing leaves Cliff Avril as the lone remaining pass-rushing jewel on the open market.

Paul Kruger LB CLE Mar 12 '13

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora considers the Browns "almost certain" to land free agent Paul Kruger.

La Canfora is calling the union a near certainty after the Baltimore Sun reported the Browns were "closing in" on the pass rusher Tuesday morning. We anticipate Kruger approaching $10 million in annual value on his Browns deal.

Paul Kruger LB CLE Mar 12 '13

Sources tell the Baltimore Sun that the Browns are "closing in" on free agent OLB Paul Kruger.

Paul Kruger LB CLE Mar 11 '13

FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager hears that the Browns, Colts, and Saints are all "very interested" in free agent OLB Paul Kruger.

Schrager tweets that we could see an "old fashion bidding war" on Tuesday. The Browns and Colts have been known Kruger pursuers for the past week, but the Saints are a new team added to the mix. New Orleans is up against the cap right now, but they're expected to clear room before the market opens. The more competition, the better for Kruger's wallet.

Paul Kruger LB CLE Mar 11 '13

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah passes along a "a lot of buzz out there" about the Browns being "VERY" aggressive in free agency.

The Browns are among the league leaders in salary cap space and have been connected to a large chunk of free agents via the media. Paul Kruger is believed to be their top target. They may also buy one of the most expensive cornerbacks.

Paul Kruger LB CLE Mar 10 '13

The Baltimore Sun reports the Colts and Browns will soon engage in a "bidding war" for free agent OLB Paul Kruger.

The Browns have been "particularly aggressive" on both Kruger and Cliff Avril since Saturday morning's negotiating window opened. One source predicted Kruger will command $10 million to $12 million per year. Both Cleveland and Indianapolis are flush with cap space and need pass-rush help. It's conceivable that the Kruger will go to the Colts and Avril to the Browns, or vice versa.