With little salary cap room and other priorities, the Ravens knew that they’d lose several key contributors from the team that beat the
agent defection came less than an hour after the market opened today as outside linebacker
Kruger’s loss was expected after the 27-year-old linebacker had a breakout 2012-13 season, leading the Ravens with nine sacks to go along with 42 tackles, one interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He followed that up with 4.5 sacks in four playoff games, including two of
Kruger started five games for the Ravens during the 2012-13 season as he was mostly used as a pass-rushing specialist. In four seasons after the Ravens selected Kruger in the second round out of the University of Utah in 2009, Kruger registered 15 ½ sacks in 51 games while starting six of them.
His departure could lead to an even bigger role for linebacker
Having resigned quarterback
and safety James Ihedigbo, the Ravens are left with 10 unrestricted free agents. They have made re-signing inside linebacker