Finally! In a move that was much needed much overdue, the Seahawks re-signed defensive end Red Bryant.
Bryant was one of the best defensive linemen on the market, and was an instrumental part of the Seahawks defense last season. Bryant is considered to be one of, if not the best DR against the run in the entire NFL. Conversely, he also lacks almost all pass rush skills, making him an extremely one-dimensional player. The Seahawks unique 4-3 hybrid defense is based almost entirely on Bryant’s abilities at the DE position.
The deal 5 year deal worth around $35 million overall. $14.5 mil of that is guarenteed. As with the Marshawn Lynch contract, the guaranteed money is believed to tied up in the first 2 years of the deal. This protects that Seahawks long term salary cap situation.
Liz Matthews reported that the Patriots were very interested in Bryant and offering him a pretty substantial contract. This likely prompted the Seahawks to up their offer and get this deal done.