CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi agreed to a five-year contract with former Raiders defensive lineman Desmond Bryant reportedly worth $34 million.
The team didn’t announce the Bryant deal Tuesday night, but The Chronicle-Telegram confirmed the agreement through a league source.
Bryant (6-foot-6, 310) was viewed by some throughout the league as a sleeper of free agency because of his versatility, but defensive line seemed to be one of the few areas of strength for the Browns. The move to a 3-4 system requires fewer linemen – although the Browns plan to use a multiple-front scheme — and the addition of Bryant could prompt the Browns to part with one.
The Browns reportedly committed $15 million guaranteed to Bryant, 27, who has 18 starts in four years with 10.5 sacks and 93 tackles. He went to Harvard and was undrafted. He was arrested in Miami last month on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.
The Patriots were also in pursuit, according to the Boston Globe.
The Browns other defensive linemen include Phil Taylor, Ahtyba Rubin, Billy Winn, John Hughes and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen.