Former Seahawk DE Red Bryant, cut loose by the Super Bowl champions Feb. 28 in order to save $5.5 million in salary cap space, has agreed to a four-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN’s Adam Scheffer. Bryant, who also attracted interest from the Kansas City Chiefs, will be reunited with former Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Jacksonville’s head coach.
Bryant, who parted with the Seahawks the same day as WR Sidney Rice, was the 15th ranked scheme defensive end this past season. Financial terms of his deal were not disclosed, but the deal is reportedly worth $17 million.
The Seahawks selected Bryant in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL draft out of Texas A&M as a defensive tackle. Seattle moved Bryant, son–in-law of former Seahawks star Jacob Green, to end in 2010 and he went on to start 54 games. Bryant played about half the snaps, most in likely rushing downs, making his large salary harder to justify.
Bryant played in 64 games with 55 starts, recording 121 tackles (78 solo), 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, one touchdown, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Over the past three seasons, he started 47 games, missing one due to injury. He also played in five postseason games with six tackles.