Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun is on Twitter and is making the Kruger-to-the-Colts fans cry:
Sources say Browns are closing in on their target: Ravens pass rushing outside linebacker Paul Kruger. Nothing official yet of course— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 12, 2013
The Browns and Colts have reportedly been in a "bidding war" for Kruger since the
legal tampering free agent negotiating period began back on March 9th. If Kruger is out of the mix, Wilson gives us insight into Ryan Grigson's "Plan B":
Hearing good chance Cliff Avril will go to the Colts, but nothing concrete yet.— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 12, 2013
Well, they've got to go after someone because I shudder to think of a Colts defense featuring Jerry Hughes and Robert Mathis as its primary pass rushers in 2013.
Nothing against Mathis, who is great, but the Colts are in serious need of some playmaking ability from either the OLB or DE positions.
My thinking is that Avril and his agent know this, and that they will try to get as much money out of Grigson and owner Jim Irsay as possible. This makes sense from their end. If the Colts fail to sign a quality pass rusher in free agency, a defensive end or outside linebacker becomes priority No. 1 in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Personally, if Kruger goes to Cleveland, I'm cool with that. I'm on record wanting Avril over Kruger. Obviously, nothing is official yet, but it would seem Kruger is out of the Colts picture at this point.
Hearing chatter linking FA DE Cliff Avrill and #Colts. Avrill 39 1/2 sacks in 5 yrs. DE Paul Kruger 15 1/2 in 4 yrs. Give me Avrill.— Phil Richards (@PhilRichards6) March 12, 2013