Earlier in the day the Browns made the first big move of the NFL's free agent signing period by inking Paul Kruger, now they've signed former Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant.
The deal is worth a reported $34 million over five years with $15 million of that guaranteed.
Last season with Oakland, Bryant had 25 tackles with 3.5 sacks in eight starts.
"Desmond is a player who possesses very good size and athleticism, attributes which make him very difficult to block," said Browns Head 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."
"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."
Last month he made news off the field in Miami when he was charged with a misdemeanor of criminal mischief and was held on $1,000 bail after going to a neighbor's house drunk.
The four-year veteran figures to be in the rotation at defensive tackle in Ray Horton's new 3-4 scheme. Bryant has 11.5 sacks in his career, all with the Raiders.
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