Thursday, February 7, 2013
Seahawks lukewarm on Kruger?
By Tim Kavanagh
Over the course of the final eight games of the 2012 campaign, Baltimore Ravens pass-rusher Paul Kruger -- an impending free agent -- registered 7.5 of his 9.0 sacks on the season. In the Super Bowl, he had two, and as much as he was an important cog in the Ravens' championship run, he's certainly hitting the market at the right time. One of the teams that's been linked to him speculatively thus far is the Seattle Seahawks, who are believed to be interested in bolstering their pass rush this offseason.
However, Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times isn't so sure that signing Kruger is a dream scenario for them. In fact, it could wind up being a nightmare if they overpay for him.
"Kruger's late-season spurt in production started only after Terrell Suggs returned to the lineup, recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. Suggs missed the first six games of the regular season. In those six games, Kruger had a total of 1.5 sacks. Suggs returned in Week 7 for the Ravens' loss at Houston. At that point, Kruger had played 42 games for the Ravens and totaled eight sacks. Suggs' return provided a kickstart.
"Now why is that significant? Well, it points to the possibility that Kruger is a complimentary component of a pass rush. The guy who's able to get home when the opponent is truly worried or focused on a teammate. There's nothing wrong with that. It's a question of price, though. Do you want to pay a top-shelf price for a player whose biggest sack totals came only after a more proficient teammate returned to the lineup?"
The Seahawks have a question at DE because Chris Clemons underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL after the win over the Redskins in the first round of the playoffs. They do have 2012 first-round pick Bruce Irvin ready to contribute, but adding a player as insurance against a late (or slow) start from Clemons seems smart.