Don't look now, but the Cleveland Browns have a very interesting defensive front all of a sudden. Moving back to a 3-4 scheme as they are, and coached by hyper-aggressive defensive coordinator Ray Horton, the Browns added a interesting duo of potential pass-rushers on the first day of free agency. They first stole linebacker Paul Kruger from the Baltimore Ravens to the tune of a five-year, $40 million contract, and they've now signed former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant. Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the deal is for five years and $34 million, with $15 million guarateed.
Kruger and Bryant will pair their talents with a front that already includes defensive tackles Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin, and defensive end Jabaal Sheard. That's a lot of young, intriguing potential that Horton will unleash in some very interesting ways.
It's not yet known how all these guys will fan out when they hit the field, but the acquisition of Bryant is a great get of a sleeper who might have been the best defensive tackle on the free agent market this year. In 2012, Bryant put up just four sacks, but per Pro Football Focus, he also had 11 quarterback hits and 20 hurries -- per PFF, his 35 total pressures ranked him fourth among all qualifying defensive tackles. Bryant did not help himself with a recent arrest and criminal mischief charge, but guys standing 6-foot-6 who weigh 300 pounds and can harass a quarterback will have suitors.
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard in 2009, Bryant has amassed 124 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 62 games and 18 starts.