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Browns agree to terms with Bryant

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Free-agent defensive tackle Desmond Bryant has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Wednesday.

The Cleveland Browns continued adding depth to their defense in free agency by agreeing to terms on a five-year contract with former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant, the team announced Wednesday.

On Tuesday evening, the team agreed to terms with linebacker Paul Kruger.

“Desmond is a player who possesses very good size and athleticism, attributes which make him very difficult to block,” said Browns coach Rob Chudzinski. “When you watch him play, he is always around the quarterback, and will provide a boost to our pass rush. He is a solid run defender and can play multiple positions along the line, which will allow him to be a part of both our base and sub-packages.”

Bryant registered 36 total tackles, 26 solo stops, four sacks and one forced fumble in 16 games with the Raiders last year. He made eight starts and tied for the team lead with those four sacks in 2012.

A native of Elizabethtown, N.C., and graduate of Harvard University, Bryant had a career year in 2011 when he registered 30 solo tackles and five sacks.

In his career, Bryant has played in 63 of a possible 64 games with 18 starts coming in the last two years. He has made 124 total tackles, 95 solo stops and 11.5 sacks. He has also defended two passes and forced three fumbles.

“With the additions of Paul and Desmond, we believe that we have significantly improved our defense overall, particularly our front seven,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “This was one of our goals entering free agency, and we are thrilled that we were able to accomplish that. Like Paul, Desmond gives us someone with great size and athleticism for his position, and an ability to rush the passer, the key to any successful defense.”