NFL CAREER – Kruger comes to New Orleans after spending the last three seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round (57th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Utah, Kruger has posted 218 tackles (136 solo), 33.5 sacks for a total loss of 201.5 yards, two interceptions, 23 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries over 99 games played with 53 starts. In 2015, the Orem, Utah native played in all 16 games with 15 starts and recorded 27 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Kruger had a career- year in 2014, leading Cleveland with a career-high 11 sacks, the most by a Brown since 2006 and tied for the fifth-highest total in franchise history. Winning Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans as a member of the Baltimore Ravens after the 2012 season, Kruger notched a game- high two sacks against San Francisco on his way to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by New Orleans Saints, 9/2/16; Released by Browns, 8/29/16; Signed by Cleveland Browns to a five-year contract (UFA-Bal.), 3/12/13; Signed by Baltimore to a four-year contract, 7/25/09; Selected by Baltimore Ravens in the second round (57th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
2015 – Played in all 16 games with 15 starts, recording 27 tackles and 2.5 sacks…Tallied two tackles (one solo) and split a sack vs. Tennessee, Sept. 20…Recorded one sack and two solo tackles at Cincinnati, Nov. 5…Collected one sack vs. Cincinnati, Dec. 6…Totaled four tackles (two solo) at Kansas City, Dec. 27. 2014 – Led Browns with career- high 11 sacks, the most by a Brown since 2006 and tied for the fifth-highest total in team history. Nine of his quarterback takedowns came over his final 10 games. Also forced a career-high four fumbles, starting 15-of-16 games at OLB…Registered three tackles, one sack and one pass defensed vs. New Orleans, Sept. 14…Posted career-high three sacks, five tackles, one pass defensed and one forced fumble during 23-13 win vs. Oakland, Oct. 26… Sacked QB Mike Glennon on third down to force a fourth- quarter punt, which was deflected by LB Craig Robertson and set up Browns’ game-winning touchdown drive vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 2…Recorded three tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble at Atlanta, Nov. 23…Registered strip-sack of QB Andrew Luck that was recovered by Robertson for Browns’ first score vs. Indianapolis, Dec. 7.
2013 – Started all 16 games at OLB in first season with the Browns, recording 69 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 24 quarterback hurries, 11 tackles for loss, six passes defensed and two forced fumbles…Notched career-high seven tackles vs. Miami, Sept. 8. Also recorded first sack as a Brown after dropping QB Ryan Tannehill for a one-yard loss. Posted two sacks at New England, Dec. 8. 2012 – Registered 42 tackles, a team-leading nine sacks, six passes defensed, one forced fumble, 11 tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery in his final season in Baltimore. Tied a franchise record with at least one sack in five-consecutive games (totaling 6.5 sacks from games nine-13). His 7.5 quarterback takedowns during the final eight weeks of the season tied for fifth in the NFL over that stretch…Recorded two sacks and one interception at Oakland, Nov. 11...Led the club with 4.5 sacks in postseason play to go along with 14 stops, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed…In the team’s AFC Wild Card matchup vs. Indianapolis, 1/6/13, posted 2.5 sacks, three tackles and one forced fumble…Registered three tackles, including a game-high two sacks, during the Ravens Super Bowl XLVII victory vs. San Francisco, 2/3/13. 2011 – Registered 15 tackles (12 solo), two fumble recoveries and finished third on the team with 5.5 sacks, while playing in all 16 regular season games for first time. Helped Baltimore’s defense finish second in the NFL against the run (92.6 ypg.) and first in red-zone defense…Registered three tackles and one sack during two postseason contests as the Ravens advanced to the AFC Championship game. 2010 – Appeared in 11 regular season games and recorded one tackle and one sack…Registered first-career sack after dropping QB Brian St. Pierre for a nine-yard loss at Carolina, Nov. 21…Appeared in two postseason contests, registering one tackle and half a sack. 2009 – Saw action in nine games with one start as a rookie, totaling 12 tackles and one interception. Helped the Ravens defense finish third in the NFL in total defense…Recorded first-career interception after hauling in a QB Dennis Dixon pass in overtime, which he returned 26 yards to set up the game- winning field goal vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 29.
COLLEGE – Two-year letterman as a defensive lineman at the University of Utah (2007-08), finishing collegiate career with 124 tackles, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions…As a redshirt sophomore, posted 61 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery enroute to earning an All-Mountain West Conference first- team selection…As a redshirt freshman, totaled 63 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception…Recruited as a quarterback and spent his freshman season (2004) playing quarterback on the scout team…Served a Latter Day Saints church mission from 2005-06…Majored in sociology.
PERSONAL – Prepped at Timpanogos (Orem, Utah) HS… Lettered four years as a quarterback and earned All- America and All-Conference honors from several publications…Paul founded The Kruger Care Foundation in 2010, which in its mission assists individuals and organizations in enriching the lives of children and families who have been devastated by illness, injury and difficult challenges…Paul hosts an annual “Kruger Care Golf Classic” in Lehi, Utah, as well as an annual “Leadership Academy Day”, a free youth football camp at the high school he attended in Orem…Father, Paul, played at Oregon State where his mother, Jennifer, was a member of the Beavers’ track and field team…Brother, Dave, signed with Cleveland as an undrafted free agent and participated in Browns training camp in 2013…Brother, Joe, was selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round of the 2013 draft…Born Paul Christian Kruger Jr. on Feb. 15, 1986.
Saints defensive end Paul Kruger met with media Friday, Dec. 30 and previewed this Sunday's match-up between the Saints defensive front and the Atlanta Falcons offensive line (New Orleans Saints Video)
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff is sacked and loses the fumble recovered by New Orleans Saints defensive end Paul Kruger in the red zone.
Saints defensive end Paul Kruger met with media Wednesday, Sept. 7 and talked about being a part of the Saints now and how he looks to help contribute along the defensive side of the ball. (New Orleans Saints Video)