Red Bryant To Join Former Defensive Coordinator In Jacksonville

It has still yet to be established if the Pittsburgh Steelers are actually shopping for a new nose tackle—either in free agency or in the draft—with general manager Kevin Colbert sharing an overall positive view of Steve McLendon’s debut season as a starter.

Should they hope to acquire one in free agency, however, one of the primary potential candidates is now off the market. Former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Red Bryant has reached a four-year agreement with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Adam Schefter. The contract is reportedly valued at $17 million.

Bryant was an early free agent because he was released by the Seahawks, rather than having had his contract expire, and thus was able to sign with teams before the beginning of free agency on Tuesday.

Bryant had visited with the Jaguars last night, so it is not surprising to see that they have reached a deal today. The Jaguars’ head coach, Gus Bradley, was the defensive coordinator of the Seahawks from 2009 to 2012, or the bulk of Bryant’s professional career, so it seems a natural fit.

The Steelers reportedly had interest in Bryant in the 2008 draft. The same as said of Al Woods, who they were eventually able to acquire, and who they now are likely to re-sign as one of their own free agents. He started two games at nose tackle for them during the 2013 season in place of McLendon.

Bryant, of course, was part of a Super Bowl-winning defense with the Seattle Seahawks, who just defeated the Denver Broncos for bragging rights until next February. With a litany of pending free agents, the Seahawks released Bryant rather than pay a $3 million roster bonus due at the start of the league year.

The Seahawks also released wide receiver Sidney Rice at the same time. Team general manager John Schneider described the cuts as “extremely tough decisions”, but said that the moves were made so early in order to give them the opportunity to get a jump start on the free agency period.

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  • Brandon James

    He got a pretty good deal there…4+mil a year? Damn

  • sean mcmartin

    Got his ring..Now he got his money..obviously going to jacksonville, winning was not his priority.

  • Louis Goetz

    I’d like to see the Steelers take another free agent d-lineman, but this one from Green Bay, in the form of BJ Raji. He hasn’t been productive as a pass rushing DT in the Packers’ 4-3. I think he could be a great run stuffing NT in the Steelers 3-4.

  • nikgreene

    Should winning be his priority? Football players have short careers compared to other sports, and other professions in general. Who can blame a guy for taking the contract most likely to set himself (or his kids) up for life? Bryant is 30, so this us likely his last chance at a reasonable contract.

  • Paddy

    Signing free agents is a waste of cap space. they rarely are worth it

  • sean mcmartin

    If he is a Steeler, Yes winning should be the first priority.
    There are very few hines wards left..

  • nikgreene

    Interesting point if view. Entirely unrealistic, and archaic, but interesting.

  • sean mcmartin

    It is a realistic point of view for someone who values job satisfaction. and would rather play in the super bowl instead of the tidy bowl. You obviously have no forward thinking skills either , ask mean joe greene, lynn swann, bettis, on how it is to live in a city as a former sports hero.

  • Matt Manzo

    It’s not just winning for us. It’s how we win. That’s what makes our players special; they don’t just accept less money to win, they do it to win as a Steeler.

  • sean mcmartin

    Steeler Pride!!!