Just five hours after the Cleveland Browns signed one of the top ten free agents available, they did not stop and grabbed another good player. The Browns continued their quest for depth in their new 3-4 scheme Tuesday night and inked former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant to a five year deal. This was Cleveland’s second free agent signing of the day and it just happened to be the top rated defensive tackle in the free agency pool.
The front office hinted a week ago that they were intrigued by Bryant and once again pounced on a opportunity to bolster the roster. While the Miami Dolphins are the main team making headlines today, the orange and brown are very quietly making some noise as well. Realizing the need for young quality players, both of these moves are positive things for the Browns and their followers.
In a 3-4 defensive scheme, a team can never have enough linemen or linebackers. Adding Bryant to the already impressive d-line would also help youngsters John Hughes and Billy Winn. If one linemen goes down, Bryant could fill in with ease. Something to ponder though, are the Browns getting ready to pull off a trade of another lineman because of this signing? Or, is this strictly for depth?
Signed as an un-drafted free agent in 2009, Bryant is only 27 years old and played his college ball at Harvard University. With the Raiders last year, Bryant had four sacks, 36 tackles, and one forced fumble. The five year pro will most likely be a situational-type player, coming in on important downs. What I like about Bryant is his monstrous size at 6’6″ and 311 lbs.
This was just day one of NFL free agency, the Browns are not finished. Most fans would like to see a tight end (perhaps Brandon Myers), defensive back, and offensive guard. I wouldn’t mind a nice running back to complement Trent Richardson either. See you tomorrow.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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