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I’ve known about Brendan Leister and his work analyzing the Browns for a long time. He’s been active in various capacities for years, in fact. 70,000+ tweets if you need him. Anyway, he doesn’t approach the Browns like a fan, preferring to stick to the technical scouting approach. With that in mind, I wanted to talk to him about the Browns’ signings so far, what it means right now and what it means down the road into the draft.
You can find Brendan and his crew doing their excellent work over at DraftBrowns.com and you can find him on Twitter @BrendanLeister. I implore you to check out their site. Ryan is a good writer and Mikey is another Excel nerd 1 who actually understands roster construction and salary cap issues.
Here’s what we talked about.
Paul Kruger and the level of excitement for him
Did the Browns overpay for Kruger?
Desmond Bryant should excite Browns fans more than Kruger
Five technique player?
Ray Horton’s nickel as the 2-4-5
Desmond Bryant’s ability against the run
Will Ahtyba Rubin get moved or cut next offseason?
Quentin Groves and is it a depth signing?
The Browns linebacking corps and fitting them all together
Craig Robertson as a cover linebacker
Draft plans should include another pass rusher?
Should the Browns take a chance on Geno Smith?
Do the Browns already know their opinion on Geno Smith?
Mike Wallace and $$$ vs. Travis Benjamin
Cornerback and who the Browns are going to get
Sheldon Brown and how well he played this season
Keenan Lewis and his ability to play opposite Joe Haden
Josh Gordon and his ceiling as the third youngest player in the NFL
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with free agent linebacker Paul Kruger.
Browns reached agreement in principle on a five-year deal with Paul Kruger.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2013
Kruger had 42 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception in 2012.
Update: Kruger’s deal is for $41 million...
Ian Rapoport reports that the Cleveland Browns have signed DT Desmond Bryant.
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Kruger identifies with Browns fans
By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor (www.clevelandbrowns.com)
Paul Kruger credits his childhood in Utah with helping to shape him into the type of person who should be right at home in Northeast Ohio.
He grew up near mountains …
. . .
. . . and loving...
Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver/return specialist and
current free agent Josh Cribbs has flown mostly under the radar this offseason.
The dynamic wide out has reportedly narrowed his search for his next team down
to two, the New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals, according to Mary
Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer.
#browns Josh Cribbs has it narrowed down to the patriots...
So that's that RT @marykaycabot: Josh Cribbs to Arizona, source told Pd.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 14, 2013
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