The Cleveland Browns continued bolstering their front seven on the first day of free agency by signing defensive tackle Desmond Bryant, according to reports, including the Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot:
Bryant went undrafted in 2009, but signed with the Oakland Raiders and contributed right away. Although he's been off-and-on as a backup, over the past two years, he started 18 games. In 2012, he had 8 starts, registering 36 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 pass defended, and 1 forced fumble. He excelled at getting pressure on the quarterback.
Here are the numbers for Bryant's contract, which is a higher amount than I would have expected. Hopefully there are some incentives mixed in here, and that his base salary is low.
New #Browns DT Desmond Bryant numbers: Five years, $34 million. $15 million guaranteed.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2013
Bryant is now rolling in dough:
With the additions of Bryant and OLB Paul Kruger earlier today, the Browns' starting front seven in a 3-4 alignment could like something like this:
Defensive Ends: Ahtyba Rubin & Desmond Bryant
Nose Tackle: Phil Taylor
Outside Linebacker: Jabaal Sheard & Paul Kruger
Inside Linebacker: D'Qwell Jackson & Chris Gocong
That unit is already looking a lot healthier than it did yesterday. In addition, the Browns have depth on the defensive line with Billy Winn and John Hughes. There could be more depth on the way, as Cardinals outside linebacker Quentin Groves is reportedly coming to Cleveland for a visit.
What do you think of the addition of Bryant?