- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Browns will introduce their first free-agent signing, linebacker Paul Kruger, at a news conference Wednesday. Here are some remarks from the Browns on Kruger:
"We are very excited about the addition of Paul Kruger to our team,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said in a statement. “He is a talented linebacker who is going to make an immediate impact on our defense. When you put on the film you see physicality, explosive pass rush and a high motor. He has been very productive for the Ravens, and proved it at the highest level last season in the playoffs.”
The word "explosive" is key when it comes to the Browns. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Browns' linebackers combined for 19.5 tackles for loss or sacks last season, the lowest mark in the NFL.
“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,” Browns chief executive officer Joe Banner said. “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.”