Five things I love about the Seahawks re-signing Big Red Bryant

Seahawks re-sign Bryant to 5-year $35 million deal

Today the Seahawks were able to re-sign a key cog of the defense that ranked 4th in the NFL last season in yards per rushing attempt.


I love the fact that this contract pretty much guarantees Red Bryant will be a Seattle Seahawk for the entirety of his prime years as an NFL player.

Red will quite possibly be able to play his entire career for the team that his father in law (Jacob Green) played all but the last two games of his career.

What a connection.

They both played college at Texas A&M, Jacob Green went on to play for the Seahawks and had a daughter who went to Texas A&M and met Red Bryant (Bryant was playing for Texas A&M) who would end up being drafted by the Seahawk and wear Jacob Green’s #79.

Later, Jenelle Green and Red Bryant would tie the not and Red would, on the first day of the 2012 free agency period, sign a contract that would secure the ties between the Seahawks and this family.

Sorry Bill but NO!

I love that despite the interest Red received from the New England Patriots at the start of free agency he decided to stay in Seattle.

He had said that he loved the Seahawks, the fans and the city of Seattle and today he did a lot to prove that he was being genuine. Sure he had $35 million reasons ($14.5 million of it guaranteed) to come back to Seattle but it wasn’t like he wasn’t going to get paid no matter where he went.

Red Bryant

Key piece to the Seattle Seahawks run stuffing defense.

Run Stuffer

I love the fact that he is a key piece to the Seattle Seahawks run stuffing defense and the Seahawks won’t need to look for a replacement for this 6’4″ 323 pound (he must have been dieting when this weight was taken) 5-technique.

As I wrote earlier this morning the Seahawks could have gone with Kendall Langford if Bryant had left town but he is not as good against the run. Kendall is also 30 pounds lighter than Red despite being 2″ taller.

Nice D-Line

I love the fact that with this signing the Seahawks can now field a starting defensive line.

Prior to this signing the Seahawks could have been rolling out a line consisting of Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch and ‘Pep’ Levingston.

Nothing against Pep but that is one heck of a downgrade in the running game.


I love the fact that bringing Bryant back gives the Seahawks flexibility. Now they can add a guy like DT Jason Jones who can create pressure inside or add a 3rd down pass rushing specialist (perhaps both) as opposed to spending that money by signing Mario Williams to play DE opposite Chris Clemons.

They could still add Mario and just bring Chris in on passing downs to add some pressure as well.

Options are always a good thing when you are talking about free agency and the draft.

They keep you from getting into panic mode and making poor decisions because of it.

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  • With the emergence of Marshawn Lynch at running back and now Red Bryant defending the run game on D, I really like the ‘Hawks game on the ground heading into this season. 

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