After finishing tied for third in sacks in 2011, the Ravens fell back into the middle of the pack with 37 sacks a year ago. There were a few significant factors in play -- the major injuries to
Keeping Kruger is a long shot, but the Ravens might be able to boost their pass rush without breaking the bank this offseason.
Where they stand: There has been speculation that Kruger, who thrived as a situational pass rusher last year but has not proven himself as an every-down player, could get upwards of $10 million a year on the open market. The Ravens simply will not be able to match that kind of salary. Getting Suggs back to full health will help compensate for that loss, and young players like
Who’s out there: Kruger is among the most attractive options for teams looking for an edge rusher in a 3-4 scheme. Other productive pass rushers, including defensive ends, include Detroit's
Stat that stands out: 12 -- sacks from Kruger in the final 12 games of the season, including playoffs. After recording just 1.5 sacks in the first half of the season, Kruger caught fire down the stretch. He had at least one sack in six of his final eight games and added 4.5 sacks in the playoffs, including two in the
What they might do: The Ravens are expected to let Kruger test free agency and they know it is unlikely he will return via the fabled hometown discount. But grabbing another pass rusher, perhaps one who can be an every-down player, will probably be a high priority in this draft, especially given how strong this class is said to be in the trenches. Finding a productive pass rusher in the free-agent bargain bin would also be beneficial.