The Cleveland Browns certainly were interested in solidifying their defense in free agency. They are going to transition to the 3-4 and with the additions of Desmond Bryant and Paul Kruger, that transition looks a bit easier now. The hope would be to get a lot more pressure on the opposing team’s quarterback, if not they will burn the Browns deep without the addition of another shut down quarterback.
The Browns secondary still needs some help, the line-backers could use another guy too. With the addition of Kruger the team may have addressed the need for a line-backer that can play in space. Kruger can play the line-backer position or as a D.T. The hope is that Kruger can continue to perform at the level he played at in 2012.
Teams always need to be cautious when grabbing guys that are coming off super bowl wins. A good lesson on that would be to remember Larry Brown a former super bowl MVP who went to Oakland and never lived up to the level of play he had in Dallas again. It was only because of Kruger’s play that the Ravens went to the super bowl in 2012.
Kruger did have his best season as a pro in 2012. With 9 sacks he almost doubled his total of 5 from the 2011 season. Kruger didn’t do much in the other 2 seasons (2009-2010) while he was with the Ravens.
He could play a larger role on the Browns defense. His main job could be to pressure the passer, but remember the Browns had troubles stopping the run for a while on defense. Time will tell the story. Soon after the season starts we will see if these 2 free agent moves will make an impact in the new 3-4 defense.
The team still needs to address the secondary and with the sixth pick in the upcoming draft they could do so.
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