Cleveland Browns sign DE Desmond Bryant

I thought Desmond Bryant was an underrated free agent going into the off-season. Bryant played well for the Raiders on 645 snaps last year, taking over as a starter week 10 after Richard Seymour got hurt and grading out as ProFootballFocus’ #7 defensive tackle, excelling as a pass rusher and holding his own against the run. In 2011, he graded out slightly above average on 596 snaps, including 9 starts, and in 2010, he was very good on 333 snaps. He’s played both defensive tackle and defensive end for the Raiders in his career and at 6-6 300, he seems like a natural fit at 3-4 end for the Browns. I’m also not too worried about his recent arrest as it seems like that was an isolated incident.

He gives them a deep defensive line with Phil Taylor, Ahytba Rubin, John Hughes, and Billy Winn. I wasn’t expecting him to get 34 million over 5 years with 15 million guaranteed, but I don’t think it was a bad move. The Browns have now solidified all of the starting spots in their front 7 and will now try to trade down from 6 (unless DeMarcus Milliner falls), take a cornerback, wide receiver, tight end, or guard later in the first round, and gain back a 2nd rounder (which they currently are without) in the process. If they stay at 6, they may reach for Xavier Rhodes, Cordarelle Patterson, or Chance Warmack or take a depth front 7 player like Ezekiel Ansah. Mike Lombardi has made it known that he’d take a defensive lineman with every pick if he could.

Grade: B

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