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Browns to pay Desmond Bryant $1.25 million this year

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 09:  Desmond Bryant  #92 of the Cleveland Browns runs to the sidelines prior to the start of the second half of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 9, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Browns 13-12 in a preseason game.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Browns are giving defensive lineman Desmond Bryant some money for nothing, literally.

Bryant suffered an offseason pectoral injury away from the team, which allows the Browns to pay not a penny of his $6 million salary. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Browns nevertheless will pay Bryant $1.25 million for 2016. The decision follows extensive negotiations over the past month between the team and agent Drew Rosenhaus.

For next year, when Bryant is due to earn a non-guaranteed base salary of $7 million at age 31 and with the Browns embarked on a youth movement so obvious and extensive that Creed Bratton has once again dunked his head in toner, he has agreed to drop his salary to $3 million, with the balance potentially coming from $500,000 in 46-man per-game roster bonuses and playing-time incentives that total up to $3.5 million, if he participates in 75 percent of the defensive snaps in 2017.

So Bryant gets $1.25 million he wouldn’t have earned under the circumstances, and his compensation in 2017 will be tied to his ability to suit up and play.

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12 Responses to “Browns to pay Desmond Bryant $1.25 million this year”
  1. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:07 PM

    I’m a Bears fan and looking from afar it looks like the Browns are finally in the right hands.

  2. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 9, 2016 2:42 PM

    Very nice of the Browns to do that.

  3. ytownie says: Sep 9, 2016 2:49 PM

    No one can ever say Jimmy and Co. have alligator arms. He has always treated his players fairly. Took time but hopefully he has the right people in the front office to move this ream forward.

  4. pioniere says: Sep 9, 2016 2:50 PM

    They thought he was Dez Bryant the wide receiver, and wanted to keep him happy.

  5. KIR says: Sep 9, 2016 3:04 PM

    Worst contracts in pro sports

  6. 2since96 says: Sep 9, 2016 3:20 PM

    Just another #MistakeByTheLake

  7. bensstinkyfingers says: Sep 9, 2016 3:26 PM

    Solid move by the browns, by the looks of it the defense could use him back ASAP!!

  8. rcali says: Sep 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    Isn’t this also the last year of 3 years of $10 million dollar payments to Mike Holmgren? Also still paying at least their last two coaches.

  9. lgw91s says: Sep 9, 2016 4:07 PM

    Browns are making good decisions. There is a decent chance they will have the first 2 picks in the 2017 draft. And a healthy salary cap situation.
    2019 will see the Browns back in the playoffs, and a contender.

  10. laukkanen5 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:24 PM

    last 10 years……..51-109

    yikes !!!!!!!

    12k at tribe game wed night…place is a cesspool

  11. sgrvn329 says: Sep 10, 2016 12:36 AM

    The NFL players are asked to come to the OTAs in shape, and part of an NFL player staying in shape in lifting weights. If these players come into camp out of shape they are fined and cut by their teams. But I would hope that these players would take out insurance policies on their bodies against injury not only in camp but also during the offseason. And I would like to think that the NFL teams would have insurance policies of the huge investments made in these commodities.

  12. ibroxroar67 says: Sep 10, 2016 2:41 PM

    class move from a steelers fan…..

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