Former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger has reportedly agreed to a five year, $41 million contract with the Cleveland Browns on the first day of 2013 NFL Free Agency period, per Jason La Canfora of

That’s a ton of money to commit to Kruger, who was selected in the second round (No. 57 overall) out of Utah in 2008 and has registered just 69 tackles, 15.5 sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble in four seasons with the Ravens.

Kruger, 27, has also appeared in 51 games with just seven career starts.  However, the 6-4, 270-pound rush linebacker really delivered when he was given the opportunity this past season, collecting 42 tackles with 9.0 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in six of those starts and added 4.5 sacks in the postseason.

In addition, Michael Lombardi wanted to set the tone with his first move as the new general manager and send a message to his team that these are the type of high-motor players that will be rewarded.

Kruger is extremely familiar with every offensive tackle in the division and is expected to become a key piece of Ray Horton’s 3-4 defense.

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