Paul Kruger had a breakout 2012 campaign. * *
And now he's cashing in.
The fifth-year outside linebacker reached a five-year deal with the divisional-rival Cleveland Browns, ending his run in Baltimore, the Browns announced Tuesday night. The deal is reportedly worth $40 million, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.
Kruger agreed to the deal soon after free agency doors* *opened Tuesday afternoon.
Kruger was one of the top free agents on the market this year after racking up 13.5 total sacks, including 4.5 in the playoffs.
Last year was the best season of Kruger's career, as he carried the Ravens' pass rush while fellow outside linebacker Terrell Suggs battled through injuries. Kruger primarily rotated with rookie Courtney Upshaw, coming on the field for passing situations to get after the quarterback.
He started five games, made 42 total tackles, registered one interception and one forced fumble.
Kruger was a second-round pick in 2009, and it took him until last season to grow into a prominent role on the defense. Early in his career, he played behind Suggs and Jarret Johnson, which limited his opportunities to get on the field before this season.
He made the most of his playing time last year and said after the season that he hoped to stay in Baltimore. But ultimately the Ravens couldn't afford the big price tag for him, and now he's headed to Cleveland.