Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant got a five-year, $35 million contract with $14.5 million guaranteed this offseason, and he says it’s fair to ask whether a player who is now set for life will lose some of his hunger. But he insists there’s no reason for Seahawks fans to be concerned.
“A lot of guys get big contracts and they kind of go in the tank because you get comfortable,” Bryant told the Seattle Times. “I feel like not so much to justify it, but I have bigger expectations than just a contract. You hear that all the time, but I definitely want to be a guy that when my playing days are over with and they think about the Seahawks, they think about big Red Bryant.”
As a 2008 fourth-round pick of the Seahawks, Bryant spent his first two seasons as a little-used defensive tackle. But after new Seahawks coach Pete Carroll moved him to defensive end in 2010, Bryant flourished as a run stopper on the outside. Now Bryant, who has just two sacks in his NFL career, says his next goal is to show that he can rush the passer as well.
“Getting sacks, that’s my major goal,” Bryant said. “I at least want to get that major stigma off of me because I know I can get to the quarterback.”
If Bryant can add a consistent pass rush to his sturdy play against the run, the Seahawks will get their money’s worth.