The Browns and former Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Desmond Bryant have agreed to a five-year deal worth $34 million, including $15 million guaranteed, a league source confirmed tonight for the Beacon Journal.
The 6-foot-6, 311-pound Bryant will give the Browns another key piece to help them transition from a 4-3 defense to the 3-4 mutli-front scheme lead by new defensive coordinator Ray Horton. The Browns have plenty of tackles, but could use help at end. It's unclear how the Browns will use Bryant, whose eight starts last season were at tackle in the Raiders' 4-3 scheme.
Bryant, 27, had 36 tackles, including four sacks, and made eight starts last season. In 2011, he posted 35 tackles, including five sacks.
Last month, Bryant was arrested in Miami on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. He allegedly entered a neighbor’s house inebriated and caused a commotion, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Bryant, who signed with the Raiders in 2009 as an undrafted free agent from Harvard, is the second player the Browns have added since free agency began at 4 p.m. today. They also agreed to terms with former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger on a five-year deal worth $40 million, a league source said.