The Browns have released pass rusher Paul Kruger three-and-a-half years after signing him to a five-year, $40.5 million deal. It’s not surprising that the team has moved on from Kruger. His sack totals dropped from 11 in 2014 to 2.5 last season, and his cap number was going to be $7.7 million in 2016 and $8.2 million in 2017.
And as often happens in this day and age, Kruger used social media to issue a statement on the matter.
“Although completed [sic] miss handled, unfortunate and absolutely the wrong decision to release me I do wish the Browns, and especially my teammate brothers great success.”
That last paragraph didn’t go unnoticed.
Somewhat ironic that the word mishandled is mishandled here. Do feel for Kruger though. https://t.co/Sgqw1JosY0
— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) August 29, 2016
@pkruger99 didn’t you have 2.5 sacks last year? How is that the wrong move by the Browns?
— . (@GOSTEELERS614) August 29, 2016
@pkruger99 Hey ungrateful, they did you a FAVOR releasing you now. I’m sure dozens of other teams willing to pay $10m for 2 sacks.
— Tpieplow (@Billie_Manziel) August 29, 2016
But this is the NFL, and there will always be a premium for pass rushers, even one coming off some down years.
Over the next few days, more than 1,000 NFL players will be released.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Browns dump high-priced pass rusher but he won’t be out of work long