Well that didn’t take long.
Less than a week ago the Seattle Seahawks released defensive end Red Bryant. On Wednesday I wrote about the possibility of the team bringing Bryant back on a cheaper deal. I doubted it would happen because Bryant is still a quality player under 30 years old who could earn much more on the open market with a team that needs to shore up its defense.
According to Adam Schefter, it’s already happened.
Jaguars head into free agency with some momentum: reached agreement with former Seahawks DT Red Bryant on a 4-yr deal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2014
The Jaguars have signed Bryant to a four year deal. It makes sense on a number of levels, as Jacksonville employs a very similar defensive scheme to the Seahawks, they just don’t have the talent to make it work on that level. (Head coach Gus Bradley was Seattle’s defensive coordinator from 2009-2012.) Bryant may also not be the only Seahawk they have their eye on. If Seattle ends up releasing Chris Clemons, he may very well find himself lining up alongside Bryant once again in Florida.
This could be the beginning of a run on Seahawks defensive players who are now free agents.
Prior to signing Chad Henne to a two-year deal on Friday, Jacksonville had just under $50 million in cap space available for 2014. And if they let Maurice Jones Drew and a few other high-priced free agents walk, that number could balloon as high as $70 million! That means guys like Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, and Tony McDaniel who have all played for Bradley before could end up there and they’d still have tons of money leftover. The centerpiece would be Michael Bennett – whom the Jags can probably offer more to than any other team in the NFL.
It’s a copycat league and the Jags are starting to look like the baby Seahawks of the AFC South.
Kidding. But with that kind of money to throw around you have to take notice.