Cleveland Browns Reportedly Sign Defensive Tackle Desmond Bryant

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 12, 2013

The Cleveland Browns surprised by signing former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant on Tuesday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Rapoport tweeted:

Mike Garafolo of USA Today tweeted out the details of the contract:

Bryant, as you may remember, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief on Feb. 24 (h/t the San Francisco Chronicle). He is accused of drunkenly causing a commotion in a neighbor's house in Miami. His ensuing mugshot made for hilarity across the Internet (h/t USA Today).

If you can find a way to erase Bryant's mugshot from your memory bank, he's actually a very solid signing for the Browns.

He was rated as the sixth-best defensive tackle in the NFL by ProFootballFocus.com in 2012 (per PFF's Day 1 free agency blog), finishing with 36 tackles, one forced fumble and three sacks. He should fit in nicely to Cleveland's new 3-4 defensive scheme.

The news came after the Browns made headlines by signing former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger to a five-year, $40 million deal on Tuesday (h/t ESPN). Kruger finished with nine sacks last season during Baltimore's title run, but he struggled defending the run throughout 2012.

Cleveland finished 5-11 in 2012 and finished last in the AFC North for the second year in a row. Its defense finished 25th against the pass (245 yards per game allowed) and 19th against the run (119 yards per game allowed).

The Browns came into Day 1 of free agency with a lot of cap space and wasted little time spending that money. We'll see if the moves pay off for a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs since the 2002 season and has only made the postseason once in the past 18 years.

The Browns also own the No. 6 overall and six additional picks in the 2013 NFL draft. 


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