The Kansas City Chiefs are going to host Paul Kruger for a visit, should he make it to Arrowhead.
After months of watching the defense play in practice and preseason games without Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, the Chiefs are apparently not satisfied with their outside linebackers. In that vein, they have scheduled a visit with Paul Kruger, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.
At this point, the Chiefs are second on the visit list. Kruger is scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday. On the surface, Kansas City would make much more sense for two reasons. The Chiefs are much more of a Super Bowl contender, and they play a 3-4 defense whereas New Orleans runs a 4-3. Kruger has always been a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Kruger is 30 years old and has been one of the more productive players at his position for quite some time. The former second-round pick out of Utah broke into the league with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009 and helped them win a Super Bowl in 2012. Once becoming a starter in 2011, Kruger racked up 14.5 sacks over two seasons before leaving the Ravens to sign a mega-deal with the Cleveland Browns.
After amassing 15.5 sacks over his first two seasons in Cleveland, Kruger only totaled 2.5 last year. On Monday, the Browns cut Kruger. Surprisingly, he still ranked in the top 15 for pressures in 2015, proving he can get to the quarterback. While sacks are always better, this is a very valuable commodity.
General manager John Dorsey will have a little more than $4 million in cap space to work with, so Kruger’s asking price should come in well below that. One wonders if the Chiefs will have to give him more than one guaranteed year, although that would seem unlikely.
If Kruger gets out of New Orleans without a deal, the Chiefs should love their chances.