The Cleveland Browns made one more stride towards their set, 53-man roster today by cutting veteran rushing linebacker Paul Kruger. Kruger has spent the last three seasons in a Browns’ uniform and has played very underwhelming as of late. Although an average player, the Browns felt they could afford to lose his veteran presence in the locker room, only a week after dealing Barkevious Mingo to the Patriots. Paul Kruger received the news early Monday morning and released a statement thanking the Cleveland Browns, but ultimately disagreeing with the organization’s decision.
The Browns are coming off of a miserable 3–13 season and have invested in a young roster in hopes of building from the ground up. The release of Paul Kruger may in fact mutually benefit both parties. There should be a spot for Kruger on some 53-man roster due to the fact that most successful part time pass rushers find a home. Kruger, age 30, is a fading talent in the NFL but can still give productive snaps for a contending team.
Other notable Browns players that did not make the 75-man roster include last year’s placekicker Travis Coons and backup quarterback Austin Davis.