Packers had visit scheduled with Bryant

March, 10, 2014
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Who says the Green Bay Packers don't pursue free agents?

Defensive end Red Bryant was on their radar and even had a visit scheduled with the Packers but never made it because he signed a four-year, $17 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday.

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"I had conversations with several teams," Bryant told reporters in Jacksonville on Monday. "I was actually supposed to be going to Green Bay Sunday, and I was going to Kansas City on Monday and the Washington Redskins was interested as well."

Bryant was able to sign a deal immediately rather than waiting until the start of free agency on Tuesday because he had been released by the Seattle Seahawks. Free agents with expiring contracts have to wait until Tuesday at 4 p.m. to sign with another team.

Bryant never made it to Green Bay in part because he felt comfortable in Jacksonville, where he was reunited with Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, who previously coached Bryant as Seattle's defensive coordinator.

"I had other opportunities but when I came to Jacksonville, I had expressed it to Gus that I had gave Kansas City my word that I would come in for a visit, but Gus, [general manager] David Caldwell, the trainers, the strength coach, all the coaches on the staff, they made me feel so welcome and they made me feel like I could really come in really be a factor in what they're trying to do," Bryant said. "It was a just an opportunity that I felt like was just too good to pass [up]. I'm just so excited for this next chapter in my career and hopefully I'll be able to have the type of success I had in Seattle, I'll have that type of success in Jacksonville as well."

The Packers, whose only move so far has been to re-sign cornerback Sam Shields, have reportedly expressed an interest in several other free agents, including Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham and Baltimore Ravens defensive end Art Jones.

It does not appear the Packers have targeted Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers did not reach out to Houston's agent during last weekend's free-agent negotiating period.

ESPN.com Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco contributed.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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