The New Orleans Saints have signed outside linebacker Paul Kruger in hopes of improving their pass rush, Ian Rapoport for the NFL Network reports
Last season, the Saints finished tied for 25th in the NFL with just 31 sacks. Aside from defensive end Cameron Jordan, who had 10.0, there wasn’t another consistent pass-rush threat.
Kruger, an eight-year pro, has played for the Ravens and most recently the Browns. He had 30 sacks between 2011-14, only two seasons of which he was a full-time starter. However, last year, the former second-round pick out of Utah saw his production dip to just 2.5 sacks despite playing in all 16 games and starting 15.
While Kruger has primarily played in 3-4 defenses in his NFL career, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound defender should play end in New Orleans’ 4-3 alignment.
There’s essentially no risk for the Saints here, who did not add much in the way of pass rushers off the edge during the offseason.