Berea, OH (WOIO) - This is the game Paul Kruger's been waiting for. The Browns linebacker, who came over from the Baltimore Ravens during the offseason, says he thought of this matchup the day he signed with the Browns, but holds no ill will towards his former team, and other than twice a year, isn't rooting against them.
"I'm not the kind of guy who roots for others to fail", Kruger said on Wednesday. "I'd rather let my play do the talking."
Kruger signed a 5-year, $40 million deal with the Browns. The Ravens not only didn't offer him that much money, they'd reduced his role in the biggest game of his life, the Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49'ers.
"I don't think I felt disrespected, just frustrated. I'm a competitive guy, everybody in this league is, and if they told you otherwise, they'd be lying to you."
Kruger doesn't have that problem in Cleveland. He's a starting outside linebacker, and a key piece of Ray Horton's defense, making an immediate impact with a sack and four tackles in the opener against the Dolphins.