The Cleveland Browns are in a bidding war with the Indianapolis Colts to obtain the services of the Ravens Outside Line-Backer Paul Kruger. Something is telling me the Browns will lose this bidding war. It isn’t because the team doesn’t need the help of a great quality line-backer like Kruger. It will be because of the face that the Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III came from the Pittsburgh Steelers organization and he doesn’t believe in over paying the talent.
The Browns have already stated they will not do much in free agency, that is what Haslam said the weekend of the super bowl. Both the Colts and the Browns have owners with deep pockets. How much is Haslam and his management team willing to pay Kruger? If the Browns front office can convince the ownership that they need the help of Kruger no matter what the cost is, they may be able to stay in the hunt.
If Haslam already has his mind made up about what he is willing to pay a top guy like Kruger that is another story all together. Kruger only made 565,000 dollars in 2012. The Browns could very easily make him a millionaire. The team has the cap space and they have the funds.
Kruger has played for the Baltimore Ravens since 2009. He had 9 sacks last season and he could help the Browns bring pressure to the quarterback. He had 30 tackles last season and 12 assists. The Browns need to be cautious with Kruger seeing how 2012 was his best season so far in the NFL. Kruger’s numbers aren’t that impressive in previous years.
One thing we have to remember about Kruger is he was not a starter in Baltimore. His numbers could have been better had he been a starter. He did start 5 games in 2012 his best year for the Ravens by far. It will be interesting how high the Browns are willing to go to get a guy that hasn’t been an every down player on the Ravens defense.
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