The Plain Dealer reported earlier on Sunday that the Browns were targeting Kruger and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. The Ravens are likely to make a hard push to retain Ellerbe. Kruger -- expected to command $10 million to $12 million on the open market -- is believed to be well beyond the Ravens' budget.
Kruger set a career high with nine sacks in the regular season before adding 4.5 more in four playoff games. He sat for stretches of Super Bowl XLVII in favor of Courtney Upshaw for run-defense reasons but still managed two sacks of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
According to The Sun, the Browns also have expressed strong interest in Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril. If the Browns lose out on Kruger, they might settle on Avril. Both players might be overpaid in this market.
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