As expected, the Baltimore Ravens will be moving forward without their top pass rusher from last season.
Outside linebacker Paul Kruger agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, reportedly on a five-year deal worth $40 million that includes $20 million in guaranteed money.
Kruger led the Ravens with nine sacks last season and added a team-high 4 1/2 sacks in the playoffs, two of which came in Baltimore's Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Kruger had 12 sacks during the final 12 games of the season after he was limited, partly because of a back injury, to just 1 1/2 sacks through the first eight games of the year.
Kruger was considered by many to be the top pass rusher available in this year's free agent class.
Kruger recorded just one sack during his first two NFL seasons after Baltimore selected him in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft, but he had 5 1/2 sacks in 2011 and the 13 1/2 (including the playoffs) last season.
The addition of Kruger is expected to upgrade a Browns pass rush that already featured one of the AFC's top young pass rushers in Jabaal Sheard, who's accumulated 15 1/2 sacks in his first two NFL seasons.
The Ravens, meanwhile, will depend on the combination of Courtney Upshaw and Albert McClellan to help offset the loss of Kruger, although both, while stout against the run, are limited in terms of what they offer as pass rushers at this point.
Upshaw and McClellan combined for just 2 1/2 sacks last season.