NFL News: Browns Agree To Terms With DT Desmond Bryant

The Browns made their second splash on Opening Day of NFL Free Agency, adding former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant. The team signed him to a 5-year, $34 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.

Bryant, 27, attended Harvard and is in his fifth NFL season. Missing just one game in those first four years, he has started 18 games the last two years (8 in 2012). Last season, he recorded 36 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. He was also tied for 7th among defensive tackles with 12 quarterback hits.

It was mentioned by several sources that there were multiple suitors for Bryant, and he was one of the hotter names under the radar in free agency.

This acquisition gives the Browns incredible depth on the defensive line with their corresponding move to defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4 defense. Bryant joins starter quality defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor along with Billy Winn, John Hughes, and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, who all made an impact in their rookie season. Here’s one national writer’s takes on how all that could shake out.

Bryant is the second free agent addition of the day, following the acquisition of former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger.

There’s also the matter of Bryant’s mugshot from a recent arrest, which can be found here.

Related: Banner Report: Defensive Line


  • I didn’t see this coming, but the Browns just added a quality player with a bit of a mean streak. Many had him as the best interior lineman on the market. Huge win.

  • Mix

    I love the signing, I love his mugshot even more.

  • dwhit110

    Wow, this was surprising. A front 3 of Bryant, bookended by Rubin and Taylor with guys like Hughes and Winn rotating in for depth seems pretty solid. Good first step by Lombardi and Banner.

  • Robbie S

    I think we can stop that ‘Kruger was only good when he had Suggs’ talk now. Not that Desmond is anywhere near Suggs level but, now they can’t focus just him.

  • mgbode

    i’m going to just say it: we have the best DL of any 3-4 team in the NFL. starters and depth. wow.

    (edit: I still like Taylor at DE and Rubin at NT)

  • Ezzie Goldish

    For a second I thought “can’t be”. Then I thought “omg, that might actually be true.” Wow.

    I know people will disagree, but this is why they should draft Milliner. Finish the D. This is a D that can hold teams to 13-17 ppg. If our O can’t score that, we draft a new QB next year.

  • OffToTheRaces

    The same thought about drafting Milliner went through my head when I heard about this signing but there is a slim chance he will be there at 6.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Right, true. If he’s not, trade down and get the next best CB in the draft, plus a G or S with whatever extra pick you get.

  • JNeids

    Greatest. Mugshot. Ever.

    Ok I just like hyperboles, but it has to rank up there

  • OffToTheRaces

    I wouldn’t mind trading down. It all hinges on whether someone falls in love with geno smith or matt barkley and we don’t drop down past 11(chargers). Then draft Xavier rhodes. However, CB depth is real deep in the second round. It definitely gives the browns lots of options:)

  • Two solid moves, and hopefully more pieces to follow. Also, glad to see the board free of Banner & Lombardi vile, if at least for a bit of time.

  • mgbode

    yep, IMO there is little chance Milliners there at 6.

  • cmm13

    Still need a true pass coverage safety to go along with that CB, but yes I agree.

    Add those two pieces and lets be done with the defense for the next 5 years.

  • markn95

    Curious move here (and not in a bad way at all). It’s never a bad thing to strengthen the front 7. But with the #6 pick in the draft and a dearth of pass-rushing OLB’s, do we go best player available and draft one of Damontre Moore/Zeke Ansah/Jarvis Jones/Dion Jordan? Ansah is a project but with all this new depth we could stash him for future years. Or pray Millner falls or someone will trade up to #6 and we nab a 1st round CB later on? April should be very interesting…

  • eldaveablo

    I’m wondering the same thing. Are they hoping Milliner is there at 6? Are they trying to trade down? Do they like Geno Smith? Oh, the sweet, self-inflicted torture of a Browns fan…