According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, it doesn’t look like the Baltimore Ravens will be able to retain linebacker Paul Kruger, since they’ll make re-signing Dannell Ellerbe a priority this offseason.
Paul Kruger has been a playoff comet, rising to prominence as an edge rusher for the Ravens. With him possibly commanding $9 million a year on the open market, it’s hard to see him back in Baltimore. Ravens inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is the heir to Ray Lewis, and retaining him will be a top priority for Baltimore, while a third vital starter for the Ravens, corner Cary Williams, could end up making $7 million a year or more, also probably pushing him out of Baltimore’s price range given their depth in the secondary.
While Williams has struggled at times, he’s really shown up in the playoffs and would be a big loss for the Ravens’ secondary.