CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The NFL can be a cruel and ugly business.
Monday morning it hit home for outside linebacker Paul Kruger, who was among the team’s first cuts prior to the Tuesday roster deadline of 75.
Kruger expressed his appreciation for Browns ownership, the fans and city of Cleveland, but also his disappointment in the timing and way it was handled in a social media post following the announcement.
“I would like to thank Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns organization for 3 great years of football and opportunity,” Kruger wrote. “My experience has been amazing and I will miss wearing a Browns #99. Although completely miss handled, unfortunate and absolutely the wrong decision to release me I do wish the Browns, and especially my teammate brothers great success.”
Kruger’s production declined last season and his role was likely to decrease this season with the youth movement on. The team decided to cut him Monday rather than wait until Saturday afternoon when rosters had to be cut to 53 to allow him to find a new team.
Kruger had 2 years and $13 million remaining on a 5-year, $40 million contract he signed in 2013 as a free agent from Baltimore.