And the first AFC North team makes a splash in free agency. According to multiple sources, the Cleveland Browns and linebacker/defensive end Paul Kruger have agreed to terms. Kruger was formerly with the Baltimore Ravens and won a world championship with them last season.
Jamison Hensley, ESPN's AFC North blogger, cites the contract is a five-year one, worth up to $40 million. Kruger is an ideal fit for the Browns' new defense, as they are again switching to a 3-4 and that's the type of system that Kruger played in with Baltimore. Former Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton is implementing this system in Cleveland this year.
The move comes as the first in a complete rebuild of the Dawg Pound. New owner Jimmy Haslam has brought in a new G.M., new head coach and two new coordinators. We'll have to see what other moves the Browns make under the new regime.