The four-year, $17 million contract was nice.
But Red Bryant’s background with coach Gus Bradley was one of the things that sold him on the Jaguars.
Back when he was still with the Seahawks, Bryant raved about his former defensive coordinator, which speaks to his quick signing after being cut last week.
“A lot of times, people look tough and they’re soft and a lot of times people look soft, but they’re tough,” Bryant said last fall, via Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union. “Gus has a fire about him. I played for him for four years and I know what type of man he is. He’s committed to winning and you best believe he’s going to come up with the best game plan to beat us.”
Bradley’s Jaguars did not, in fact, win that game — it wasn’t close, a 45-17 beating.
But it’s clear that Bradley’s influence was a big factor in Bryant’s quick decision, which should help solidify a team that is moving in the right direction.