The Ravens' review: 2012 season
To keep you entertained during the 2013 NFL offseason, blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will go back and review the performance of each significant Ravens contributor during the 2012 season. He started with the team's free agents and recent retires and will break down a new Ravens player every weekday.
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Paul Kruger, outside linebacker( Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun / January 12, 2013 )
GS: 6 | GP: 15 | Snaps: 794
Season in review: The Ravens hoped Kruger could become an every-down player after Jarret Johnson left in free agency, but he struggled against the run early in the season. After Terrell Suggs returned from a torn triceps in Week 7, the Ravens unleashed Kruger as a situational pass rusher. He recorded 7.5 sacks in his final eight games and added another 4.5 in the playoffs, including two in the Super Bowl win.
Signature moment: He had several impressive games down the stretch, but he did the most damage in the wild-card win over the Indianapolis Colts. He sacked Andrew Luck 2.5 times and forced a critical fumble.
Stat that stands out: eight -- career sacks, including playoffs, for Kruger before he recorded 13.5 in 2012.
Pro Football Focus grade: +10.4 overall | -4.2 against the run | +15.7 as a pass rusher | 0.0 in pass coverage.
Outlook for 2013 and beyond: Kruger stands to cash in after terrorizing quarterbacks in a contract year. The Ravens would like him back, but he is likely to sign a lucrative contract elsewhere in free agency.
Update: Kruger agreed to terms on a five-year $41 million contract with the Cleveland Browns on March. 12.