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Cleveland Browns must get more from Paul Kruger

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The Cleveland Browns moved quickly when the 2013 NFL Free Agency period began, signing DE/LB Paul Kruger to a five-year deal worth $40 million.

After the debacle the organization has gone through in recent weeks, NFL odds on the Browns Superbowl chances have plummeted. To see them for yourself, you can find odds for the Browns at In order for the Browns to improve they must get more from their high-priced free agent.

In 2013, Paul Kruger ended the season with just 4 1/2 sacks and only 26 solo tackles. Not the type of stats you would expect of someone you acted so quickly to sign.

Like many other players, Kruger had a solid year with the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens as his stock rose considerably.

Kruger had 9.0 sacks in the 2012 regular season to lead the Ravens and added 4.5 during the Ravens Super Bowl run.

Paul KrugerA second-round pick out of Utah, Kruger had only collected 15.5 sacks over his four-year career and benefited from the talent surrounding him on the Ravens defense.

In his first three seasons Kruger wasn’t even a full-time starter, he was more of a situation player playing in 36 out 48 games.

While stats don’t tell the complete story, new defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil and head coach Mike Pettine know a thing or two about getting the most out of your defense.

With the focus moving towards first round selection Barkevious Mingo it should free up Kruger much like it did when Terrell Suggs was there for the Ravens.

Without Suggs in the lineup Kruger only had 1.5 sacks with the Ravens.

If the defense looks to improve under the new regime Paul Kruger must show his worth for the Browns.



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