With the NFL preseason dragging its way to a close, teams are making cuts and maneuvering players in their race for championship dreams. Either that or they just want to stop being the laughing stock of the league.
That’s the case for the longtime slum dawg Cleveland Browns, who Monday released seventh-year linebacker Paul Kruger along with a backup quarterback. In a move that’s par for the course, Kruger took to the Twittersphere to express his gratitude to the Browns fans and management. In this case, however, Kruger decided to throw in a jab about the process leading up to the cut.
That went from classy to brutal in the course of a few sentences, and I’m not just talking about Kruger’s spelling. It’s a power move from the former second-round pick who only played in three games last season. “Thanks for everything, but your process of handling players like me is garbage. Shove it up your noses, garbage people but my teammates were cool.” Someone call in a 10-32 because we have shots fired.
Despite his minuscule playing time, Kruger still managed to notch 2 1/2 sacks over the course of three games, so it’s not like he was the worst player on the 2015 Browns. It’s pretty obvious that such a distinction belongs to either the entire field goal unit that let Will Hill go full ‘09 Florida on them or American sweetheart Johnny Rehab who has passed on football to pursue his dream of becoming the skeleton in an osteology lab. Complementing an okay short term game is Kruger’s clear love for the city and the team, as well as a knack for throwing shade only seen by the ’72 Dolphins. That’s the kind of anti-establishment mentality you want in a locker room.
As for the 2016 Browns, our own noted contributor Siblings of Mark Wahlberg has already pegged them to finish at the bottom of the barrel. For the city of Cleveland, the loss of a wild man who leads from behind is just the cherry on top of their shit sundae. Good luck, Kruger. If history has shown us anything, it’s that the Patriots love signing role players who couldn’t stand their former teams..
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