How's that for a role reversal! You're telling me that the Saints are picking up a proven veteran whose likely on the downside of his career AFTER he underperformed a monster long term contract somewhere else?! They are getting a guy whose name will likely be bigger than his impact, but there is no chance it results in them eating a comical amount of dead money?! By no means do I don't think that Paul Kruger is a game changing addition, but I already like him better than the players on the roster who are in the same stage of their career with multiple years and guaranteed money on the books. Paul Kruger has already lived up to my expectations simply because his name isn't Junior Galette, Brandon Browner, Jairus Byrd, or C.J. Spiller. Is there all that much reason to be optimistic about a guy whose production fell off a cliff? Not really. Should I expect someone that dropped from 11 sacks to 2.5 sacks to be a formidable addition to a questionable pass rush? Probably not. Regardless of how much better the Saints scheme fits his skill set, Paul Kruger will likely end up being nothing more than solid depth signing that makes the dead weight at the ass end of the rotation expendable. However, if you asked him he would probably vehemently disagree and that's got to count for something...
Seriously, I loved Paul Kruger dropping a Nagasaki-style truth bomb on the Browns as the door hit his ass on the way out of the facility. I'm not even just saying that because he's a Saint now. There was something refreshing about a player showing gratitude, but somehow still calling a spade a spade. Hell if I know whether or not it was the right decision for the Browns to cut him, but I'll be damned if the passion with which he thinks it wasn't doesn't have me excited to see if he can prove them wrong. After all, he's clearly got all the characteristics that I want to see in aging free agent pickups whose value is in the shitter relative to what it used to be. Those include deep-seated resentment and a hunger for a vengeance. If Paul Kruger fails it won't be because he doesn't have the strongest of desires to succeed, and sadly that's something that hasn't been common of other players that the Saints have trusted - by way of far more egregious financial commitments - to match their past performances.