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One thing is for sure--the Browns are hitting free agency with much more of a bang than Tom Heckert did the last two seasons.
In the first 16 hours of the free agency period the Browns have added three defensive players to the team, two outside linebackers and a defensive lineman.
The latest addition is outside linebacker Quentin Groves, who played last season under Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton in Arizona. Groves seemed to blossom under Horton with career bests of 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks in seven starts. He played in all 16 games.
Numerous league sources, including ESPN have reported the signing, although the Browns have not officially announced it.
Groves (6-3, 265) falls under Hortons mantra of big guys who can run and is still in the prime of his career at 28 years old.
Groves was originally selected in the second-round of the NFL Draft by the Jaguars but after two unproductive seasons moved to the Raiders for two seasons. He had just 2.5 sacks in his first four seasons before stepping into Hortons 3-4 scheme with the Cardinals.
Groves is another of the players that were on the Browns radar from before free agency and the signing adds more depth at a position where the Browns had very little going into free agency.
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The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with RB Chris Ogbonnaya according to the Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot-
Ogbonnaya has been with the team since October of 2011. Last season he appeared in 15 games with the Browns, but only had 8 rushing attempts. Over his two seasons with Cleveland he has rushed for 364 yards ...
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...
According to ESPN, outside linebacker Paul Kruger agreed to a 5 year deal to play for the Cleveland Browns. Kruger had an outstanding 2nd half of the 2012 season that made him one of the hottest linebackers on the market. Going to the Browns will keep Kruger in the 3-4 defense as an outside pass rushing linebacker. ESPN notes: ‘Kruger became the driving force in the Baltimore...
The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with running back Chris Ogbonnaya (O-bin-eye-ya) on a two-year contract.
Ogbonnaya made one start and played in 15 games last season, usually replacing Trent Richardson on third down. He finished with 24 receptions for 187 yards and gained 30 yards on eight carries. He made a career-high six receptions for 73 receiving yards in a win at...
Last night Rick and I were intent on talking Browns. We didn’t know all the details of Desmond Bryant’s deal yet, let alone the Quentin Groves pickup. Still, there’s a lot of good Kruger talk.
Here’s what else…
Paul Kruger signing and whether he’ll be a “leader”
Signing starters, team leaders, or both
Comparing signings to Scott Fujita
Desmond Bryant and “the mugshot”...
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.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Bryant will receive a five-year, $34 million contract.
Bryant was the best available defense tackle on the open market, so this is a great addition for the the Browns who are currently in the process of adding some extra talent to their front-seven. They signed OLB...
At this rate it won’t be long until this place is nothing but a Vic Carucci meta-site.
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 …
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. . . and loving...
So that's that RT @marykaycabot: Josh Cribbs to Arizona, source told Pd.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 14, 2013
So maybe "losing out" is a little bit of a stretch, but the Patriots were pursuing him and at one point were the favorites to sign him. Perhaps the Danny Amendola signing had them a little less interested. Amendola can be a returner too, though not Josh...
You may remember back in 2010 (you know the last time there was a complete overhaul in Berea) we wanted to give incoming President Mike Holmgren a hand evaluating the roster. We are nothing if not equal opportunity. The Browns have a completely new group in charge this year. Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi, Rob Chudzinski, Norv Turner and Ray Horton take over a 5-11 team. They have plenty...
The Cleveland Browns are not wasting time going into free agency with their new ownership. They have signed linebacker Paul Kruger away from the Super Bowl winning Ravens. The terms of deal are being reported at 5-years for $40 million. Kruger had a breakout season in 2012, as he recorded 9 sacks after becoming a starter in the second half of the season. His offseason is when he...
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Cleveland Browns are closing in on Ravens’ linebacker Paul Kruger.
Sources say Browns are closing in on their target: Ravens pass rushing outside linebacker Paul Kruger. Nothing official yet of course
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 12, 2013
The Browns and Colts are the two teams that seem to be the most interested in...