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Baltimore linebacker Paul Kruger celebrating after winning the Superbowl
The Superbowl champion Baltimore Ravens can't keep everybody, and that is potential good news for Cleveland.
Linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger are two hot commodities ready to hit the market March 12.
Ellerbe is the heir apparent to Ray Lewis in Baltimore and is a higher priority for the team to sign than Kruger.
The Ravens salary cap room sits tentatively at just under $17.8 million and should change after QB Joe Flacco officially signs his contract this week.
Kruger will likely be the one allowed to test free agency.
"Pass Rush" has been the buzz term around the Browns this offseason whether it is in regards to free agency or the draft.
Having a career season in 2012, Kruger appears to be a strong match for Ray Horton's hybrid 3-4 defense. Nine sacks, 42 tackles and an interception all point to an athlete that can both get to the quarterback and drop back into coverage.
Questions do arise on the 6'4", 270-pound OLB's ability to defend the run as Courtney Upshaw stepped in and took several rushing specific snaps during this past playoff run.
Being largely held in check for long stretches while Terrell Suggs was off injured also raised some eyebrows on how effective he could be as a consistent starter.
That being said, Kruger is in his prime at 27 and is significantly better than any other pass rushing outside threat the Browns currently have.
The good news is that Cleveland can position themselves to not put all their eggs in one basket by signing No. 99.
Jabaal Sheard is expected to be converted to an outside linebacker, which by no means is a sure thing either.
However, by using their first-round draft pick to select an Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, Dion Jordan or Jarvis Jones type, the Browns give themselves options and on paper, a solid rotation.
Expired Contract: 4 years, $3.25 million
Predicted New Contract: 4 years, $16.5 million