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AP Source: Browns have deal with LB Paul Kruger

Wednesday - 3/13/2013, 7:31am  ET

TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Paul Kruger rushed his way to a Super Bowl win, and on to a huge payday.

Baltimore's sacks leader last season agreed to terms Tuesday on a contract with the Cleveland Browns, who with their first move in free agency added a proven pass rusher and weakened the defending NFL champions.

Kruger, a linebacker, will sign a five-year deal with the Browns, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press. The 27-year-old Kruger is expected to finalize the deal and be introduced in the next few days, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the signing has not yet been officially announced by the Browns.

ESPN first reported Kruger's deal, which is worth around $40 million.

Entering free agency with over $47 million in salary-cap space, Browns CEO Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi wasted little time landing Kruger, considered one of the top outside rushers in this year's free-agent class. He had 13
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