ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Cleveland Browns have reached an agreement in principle to bring free agent OLB Paul Kruger to Cleveland. The deal, as reported by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore sun is in the 5 year, $40 million dollar range.
Paul Kruger to Browns on five-year contract worth roughly $40 million,so $8 million average. Not bad
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 12, 2013
Jason LaCanfora reports that the deal is 5 years and $41 million, with $20 million guaranteed.
Kruger had a fantastic finish to the regular season for the Ravens recording 7.5 sacks over the final eight weeks of the regular season. In addition, he had four sacks in the postseason, including a pair in the Super Bowl. His nine regular season sacks were two better than Jabaal Sheard’s team high of seven.
Rotoworld had projected Paul Kruger’s deal would be north of $10 million dollars per season. The Browns enter the free agency period with the most cap space of any team in the league at over $46 million dollars.
“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.”
[Related: James Harrison a Brown? No thanks.]