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After Further Review: Saints had to sign Kruger

Linebacker Paul Kruger (Photo by Michael DeMocker, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune) Linebacker Paul Kruger (Photo by Michael DeMocker, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)
METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) -

It's impossible to know how good linebacker Paul Kruger will be. What we do know is the Saints had to give him a shot to show it.

The best case scenario is Kruger is the same player that registered 11.5 sacks in 2014 and completely transforms the Saints defense.

The worst case scenario is the Browns were right and Kruger is just a washed up veteran still holding on to whatever little bit of time he has left.

The most likely scenario, however, is somewhere in the middle. Kruger is still good enough to be a force but not quite the player he once was. If this is what ultimately plays out, he'll be an instant upgrade to anyone the Saints currently have opposite Cam Jordan.

Kasim Edebali has improved but appears to be more of a rotational player than the true answer at that position. Neither Obum Gwacham nor Davis Tull have done much to instill confidence in coaches. Newly acquired Chris McCain is a complete unknown.

At this stage of the preseason, landing a guy like Kruger is about as good as the Saints could have hoped for. If he can just be steady, he has the potential to become a major asset. But even if he doesn't work out, it was a chance the Saints had to take.

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