Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Browns make wise move in signing Bryant
By Jamison Hensley
When you heard about the free-agent interior defensive linemen, the list included popular names such as Richard Seymour and Cullen Jenkins. But Desmond Bryant -- not to be confused with Dez Bryant -- will make more of an impact than both of them this season.
Bryant agreed to a five-year, $34 million contract with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, according to The Plain Dealer. While the Browns' first move of free agency can be debated, the team's second one is shrewd.
At 27 years old, Bryant is one of those under-the-radar players who has the chance to be a game-changer on the Browns' new 3-4 defense. He spent four seasons on an underachieving Oakland Raiders defense, but he always showed great tenacity and a high motor.
The red flag on Bryant was his arrest last month in Miami on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. The positives with the 6-foot-6, 311-pound lineman out of Harvard outweigh this incident.
Bryant's reputation is being a run-stuffer, but he can get collapse the middle of the offensive line. According to Pro Football Focus, his 35 total pressures ranked him fourth among all qualifying defensive tackles.
It's uncertain what effect this signing has on the future of Browns interior lineman Ahtyba Rubin. All that is known now is the Browns added two pieces to the new defense's front seven with Bryant and outside linebacker Paul Kruger, and it's only the first day of free agency.