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Browns agree with Desmond Bryant

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Free agent Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant is joining the Browns, PFT’s Mike Florio has learned via a league source.

The 6-foot-6, 311-pound Bryant ranked No. 33 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100. He racked up 36 tackles and four sacks for Oakland in 2012.

Bryant, 27, joins a Browns defensive line that already includes tackles Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin. It will interesting to see how Cleveland, which is moving to 3-4, will use Bryant. Bryant started eight games at defensive tackle in Oakland in 2012, but it’s possible he could be an end in a “30” front. (At his size, he would also have the bulk to play the nose, too.) Rubin has previously played the nose in a 3-4.

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29 Responses to “Browns agree with Desmond Bryant”
  1. callahan9119 says: Mar 12, 2013 9:39 PM

    They are switching to a 4-3?
    Someone should tell the coaches.

  2. DawgPound83 says: Mar 12, 2013 9:39 PM

    Browns are moving to a 3-4 slacker

  3. ckinthekc99 says: Mar 12, 2013 9:40 PM

    Talk about players being overpaid!!! Between him & Wheeler, 2 players from the worst defense in the NFL, they just save the Raiders $60 million. WOW

  4. raiderapologist says: Mar 12, 2013 9:41 PM

    Bryant is a solid player. McKenzie is pushing the plunger on that roster.

  5. goldenperspective says: Mar 12, 2013 9:42 PM

    Cleveland is moving to a 3-4. Browns made to solid pick ups today, They’re probably two wins better already.

  6. ravenscaps48 says: Mar 12, 2013 9:49 PM

    No mugshot?

  7. Mike Wilkening says: Mar 12, 2013 9:50 PM

    The change to the 3-4 has been fixed. Thank you for pointing it out.

  8. sumoson says: Mar 12, 2013 9:53 PM

    Seriously i posted a Funny comment and you Delete it ??? This is not the first time or i wouldn’t be calling you guys out on this but if i spend time reading your articles and comment in a fair non offensive way why the hell would you Delete it ??????

  9. nbooat says: Mar 12, 2013 9:55 PM

    Hey bengalsstillsuck,
    Brownsstillsuck

  10. mcjon22 says: Mar 12, 2013 9:59 PM

    Ignore the big number in the contract, the only thing that matters is guaranteed money.

  11. tsr3000 says: Mar 12, 2013 10:00 PM

    Browns D line is officially STACKED. The future is in Cle.

  12. gotti11 says: Mar 12, 2013 10:03 PM

    This seemed like the only position group that was strong for this team. With Rubin, Taylor, and Kitchen at NT and Winn, Hughes, possibly Taylor, and now Bryant at T (3-4 DE) I think they could move Rubin or Taylor to get back in to the 2nd round.

  13. autumnwind999 says: Mar 12, 2013 10:03 PM

    Desmond Bryant is a stud.

    Reggie McKenzie is proving to be a TERRIBLE general manager.

  14. radrntn says: Mar 12, 2013 10:11 PM

    Add another compensatory pick

  15. clssylssy says: Mar 12, 2013 10:17 PM

    Coach Horton is moving ahead with his wish list for building a Championship Team in the AFC. Too bad Cardinals you once again choked at a great opportunity!

  16. oldbrowndawg says: Mar 12, 2013 10:21 PM

    Rubin and Taylor aren’t going anywhere. The Browns are quietly amassing one of the best front sevens in the AFC, certainly in the AFC North with the implosion of the Baltimore D via Free Agency and the fact that the Steeler’s D linemen are headed for an assisted living facility. Let the fun begin!

  17. thebrownyelf says: Mar 12, 2013 10:23 PM

    Someone has to tell Lombardi we need a few DE’s too. With Sheard most likely standing up we have 5 dt’s and no de’s

  18. bigshirk says: Mar 12, 2013 10:25 PM

    i dont understand all the hate on Mckenzie, he has one of the hardest jobs in the history of the NFL. By trying to clean up Al’s mess. Cut him some slack.

  19. jonesjack says: Mar 12, 2013 11:07 PM

    You can argue about the specific players but it’s hard to argue with building an AFC North team around defense.

  20. nmrdr795 says: Mar 12, 2013 11:09 PM

    He was good in Oakland, he wasn’t a game changer & he made a lot of dumb penalties at times for Oakland so it’s not really a big loss. Wish him the best with the browns.

  21. jprcox says: Mar 12, 2013 11:26 PM

    I thought he would end up in Seattle. Good sign by the Browns, I think this guy has a lot left in his tank.

  22. hedphurst says: Mar 12, 2013 11:31 PM

    thebrownyelf: Don’t get caught up too much in the current positions as they’re listed. Billy Winn will probably line up at DE in the 3-4, and Bryant played DE at Harvard. There’s a solid chance they’re thinking of having him drop some weight and play end, with Rubin, Taylor, and Hughes/Kitchen playing NT (or being trade bait on draft weekend). Hall Davis has the size to be a hybrid DE/OLB in a 3-4, but I don’t know enough about him to know if he’s got a good chance to stick on this roster.

  23. thraiderskin says: Mar 12, 2013 11:39 PM

    The Browns are really putting together a strong D-line. Phil Taylor and Bryant are a good combo to help the Rush.

  24. joebrowns says: Mar 13, 2013 12:08 AM

    A good 3-4 defensive front always has big men on the line. 3-4 ends aren’t necessarily meant to be speedy pass rushers. Instead, they’re meant to eat up the O line and stuff the “up the middle” running game of the offense. In the 3-4 the OLBs are the pass rushers.

    Rubyn will play NT and Taylor and Bryant will play the ends with Big John Hughes and Billy Winn rotating in.

    Plus Hughes and Taylor can definately step in at NT and Rubyn can play end if needed.

    That’s a strong rotation! I like it.

  25. brownsfan2013 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:39 AM

    He’s wearing a mask because he just robbed the browns. The Browns cut an overpaid defensive lineman in Rucker and to make up for the solid cut, they overpaid another d lineman. I would have rather seen some money thrown around at position of weakness. I don’t know like free safety, DE, another linebacker, TE, WR, CB, OG. You know every other position on the team besides the one position we are deep at. I don’t mean to be a pessimist, but I’ve been a Browns fan all of my life.

  26. rowdymon says: Mar 13, 2013 12:42 AM

    After today’s moves Norv must be saying “hey, what about me!”

  27. joetoronto says: Mar 13, 2013 3:34 AM

    He’s a solid player who will fit nicely in the Browns rotation.

    He has a very high motor and other than accidentally walking into his neighbours house instead of his while drunk, he hasn’t had any issue with the law.

    Nice pickup, I’m sorry to see him go.

  28. hitdog042 says: Mar 13, 2013 7:14 AM

    Did someone say Rubin can get the Browns a 2nd rd pick? That’s too funny.

  29. hitdog042 says: Mar 13, 2013 7:17 AM

    The Bengals have the best front 7 in the AFCN guys. Browns fans are still the funniest. Every year the future is in Cleveland. Love it.

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