Free-agent review: Red Bryant

March, 20, 2014
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An examination of the Jaguars' additions in free agency.

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Contract details: Bryant signed a four-year deal worth $19.5 million. He will receive up to a $4 million roster bonus this year -- $3.5 million on the fifth day of the league year (March 16) and an additional $31,250 for each game that he is active (up to $500,000). In 2015-17 he gets a $500,000 roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year and an additional roster bonus of $31,250 for each game that he is active (up to $500,000). He also gets a $25,000 workout bonus each year.

What's to like: The 6-foot-4, 323-pound Bryant began his career as a tackle before moving to end in 2010 and he said he's willing to play inside and outside with the Jaguars. He's a five-technique end, meaning he lines up over the offensive tackle and is responsible for the gaps on either side. The position in the Jaguars' defense is primarily as a run-stopper. Bryant, who turns 30 next month, missed only one game in the past three seasons and recorded 87 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two interceptions over that span. He spent six years in Seattle and made 121 tackles.

What's concerning: GM David Caldwell's philosophy had been to sign free agents in the 27-year-old range but Bryant is older. It's a sign the team has had to speed up its rebuild just a bit by adding older players because the roster was so depleted. Bryant has been a good player and he should continue to be one for the next two years at least, but he's not the long-term answer on the outside. The Jaguars will most likely address this spot in the draft, as well.

From ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount: "Red was one of the most respected guys in the Seahawks locker room, a team leader who often gave pep talks, or chastised guys when they need it. He's basically a defensive tackle who they moved to defensive end. Red is a top-grade player when it comes to stopping the run and controlling the line of scrimmage. Physically, he's as strong as they come. You may know this, but he's married to Jenelle Green, the daughter of former Seahawks DL Jacob Green. Red also is as nice a guy as you could ever meet."

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ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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