Sometimes it’s good to get a look from behind enemy lines to see what they’re saying about a team’s free agents. Today, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun alerts us to the Browns interest in Ravens linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe. While we’ve been aware of potential interest from the Browns here for a while, given the Browns’ desire for experienced 3-4 linebackers and Baltimore’s tight cap space, it’s still worth noting.
“Kruger is well beyond the Ravens’ financial constraints because of a tight salary cap. He won’t be back with the Super Bowl champions following a breakthrough season. The former second-round draft pick from Utah recorded a career-high nine sacks last season with another 4 1/2 sacks in the playoffs, including two of elusive San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the Super Bowl.”
While Wilson predicts that Ellerbe could get 25-30 million bucks on the open market, he has this to say about the future of the two linebackers.
“One source predicted that Kruger could command anywhere from $10 million to $12 million annually.
Besides Kruger, Ravens free agent starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has also drawn heavy interest from several teams. The Browns are among those suitors.
The Ravens are still expected to make a significant offer to Ellerbe prior to the start of the free agent signing period Tuesday afternoon, but have yet to do so.”
Bolstering the Browns’ defense while hampering the division rival Ravens is a tantalizing scenario for many Browns fans. As the next few days unfold, we’ll see if that becomes a reality.
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