2013 Cleveland Browns Free Agency: Day 1

Welcome Paul Kruger and Desmond Bryant.  Rumor has it that James Harrison will be defecting from the Steelers and signing with the Browns.

On last year’s defense, there were only 2 players that logged in more than 5 sacks:  DE Jabaal Sheard and DE Juqua Parker.  (LB D’Qwell Jackson had 3.5)

Three players led the team with 3 INTs:  FS Usama Young, CB Sheldon Brown and CB Joe Haden (LB D’Qwell Jackson had 2)

And 5 players had more than 50 Tackles:  CB Buster Skrine, LB D’Qwell Jackson, LB Craig Robertson, CB Sheldon Brown and SS T. J. Ward.  (Jackson was also the only player with a combined 100 (tackles and assists))

On the front line, I like Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin.  I thought they did a fine job in the Tackle position, despite their stats don’t stand out.  Let’s compare them with Bryant:

 2012 stats G GS SK INT YDS TD LNG PD FF FMB FR YDS TD TKL AST SFTY VAL
Ahtyba Rubin 13 13 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 30 14 0 6
Phil Taylor 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 12 2 0 4
Desmond Bryant 15 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 24 12 0 4

Not much of an improvement here.  I’m not so sure the Browns made a good move here.  Now let’s check out the LB situation

 2012 Stats G GS SK INT YDS TD LNG PD FF FMB FR YDS TD TKL AST SFTY VAL
D’Qwell Jackson 16 16 3.5 2 31 1 27 7 2 0 2 0 0 63 51 0 9
JAMES HARRISON 13 13 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 49 21 0 8
Kaluka Maiava 16 13 2 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 30 18 0 6
Craig Robertson 16 3 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 2 2 0 56 27 0 4
James-Michael Johnson 11 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 15 0 4
PAUL KRUGER 15 5 9 1 0 0 0 6 1 0 1 9 0 30 12 0 4
L. J. Fort 16 1 1 1 10 0 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 5 0 2
Scott Fujita 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 4 0 1
Tank Carder 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Once again, the “Big Fish” statistically doesn’t add up.  Kruger’s stats don’t measure up to Maiava or Jackson.  Harrison, on the other hand, seems to be a decent upgrade.

I’m luke warm on the moves so far.  Still wish they would sign Dawson and Cribbs to keep the foundation alive.

Bring on day 2!

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