The Jacksonville Jaguars need pass rushers and on Saturday, they got one – one that the team’s head coach is all too familiar with.
Red Bryant, a former defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, and someone current Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley worked with from his time in Seattle, signed a deal to play for Bradley’s new team.
Terms and conditions were not released, but Bryant was released in February by the Super Bowl champions, allowing the Jaguars to make a move and sign the defensive end.
According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, 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. He began his career as a defensive tackle but moved to end in 2010. His spot's primary responsibility is stopping the run.
Terms and conditions of the contract have not been released.
The Jaguars could use those services and someone to rush the passer. While sacks are not Bryant’s forte, his addition is most welcome.
Jacksonville will use free agency to not only find more players to solidify the defensive line, but will also look to shore up the offensive line where center and guard are to positions of major need. Bryant figures to be the first of a handful of players who may call Jacksonville home by the end of next week.
The Jaguars took a major step on Friday in signing starting quarterback Chad Henne to a new two-year deal that will pay him about $8 million over the course of the contract. The team also signed its right tackle Cameron Bradfield to a new deal as well as backup tight end Clay Harbor.
Bryant, however, can be seen as a major move by the franchise. The team needs more skill on the outside. Andre Branch figures to be the other end to start the season.
Bradley spent four seasons (2009-12) as Seattle's defensive coordinator. The Super Bowl champion Seahawks drafted Bryant in the fourth round in 2008.
He was scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2014 and was due a $3 million bonus if he was on the Seahawks' roster on March 14.