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Paul Kruger agrees to $40 million deal with Browns

Paul Kruger, Andrew Luck

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger (99) looks up after sacking Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP

The Browns put their pile of salary cap room to use quickly Tuesday, signing Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger to a five-year deal worth $40 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old pass-rusher will be the centerpiece of new coordinator Ray Horton’s defense, and has the double benefit of taking away a key player from a division rival.

Kruger had 9.0 sacks in the regular season to lead the Ravens, and adding 4.5 more in the playoffs, setting the stage for his payday.