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Green Bay Packers Were Interested in Red Bryant

Red Bryant

Throw some defensive linemen against the wall and see what sticks. Wait, maybe I’m thinking about something else. At any rate, the Green Bay Packers are looking at pretty much every defensive lineman on the market. Red Bryant was one of those guys.

We say was because he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday.

Bryant, who was cut by the Seattle Seahawks on February 28 in a salary-cap move, was scheduled to visit the Packers on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Bryant has been a starter at defensive end for the past three seasons in Seattle, where he was known primarily as a run-stopper. As you well know, the Packers could use one of those. Well, they could use like five actually, but one is a start.

Bryant is a big boy at 6-5, 326 and could have been an option to take over the nose tackle position in the Packers’ 3-4. If the Packers had been able to sign Bryant, they wouldn’t really need to re-sign B.J. Raji. Because hey, now we have a fat ass who will actually bother to try and stop the run!

Not to be, though. Bryant got four years and $17 million from Jacksonville.

You’re probably wondering why anyone would want to sign with the Jaguars unless their offer was like three times what everyone else’s was. The obvious answer is Jags coach Gus Bradley.

He was Seattle’s defensive coordinator from 2009-12.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Sean March 10, 2014

    Seems like interest from the Packers is always used by Agents to get deals done elsewhere.

    I wonder …does GB insist on meeting player before offering contract?

  2. Phatgzus March 10, 2014

    Good for him and good for the Jags, but also good for the Packers. That’s the top end (obviously) of his worth IMHO and now the Jags have a little less cap room to go after someone like EDS or Quarless, not that they will or should be all that expensive.

  3. Patrick Tompkins March 10, 2014

    So, this guy, who was a key part in an awesome defense, gets a little more than $4M a year. Raji said $8M a year is an insult?? Raji had under 20 tackles this year…

    Gut the line – start over. Can’t get any worse…maybe Worthy will be healthy enough to play and Datone Jones will be more than a warm body.

  4. Iltarion March 10, 2014

    Getting this guy would have been awesome, though something is wrong in Denmark when Seattle lets this guy walk right after signing him to an extension.

    He gets it done on the field. So, he must be a pain in the ass in the locker room or poor work ethic. Something.

    Anyone who would willingly sign with the Jags… well, that speaks volumes anyway.

  5. Cheese March 10, 2014

    I think he’s trying to do a Hulk Hogan pose.

  6. 8BitEra March 10, 2014

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Bryant. He’s very well-respected amongst his teammates and fans and a recognized leader by coaches. He just feel into that unfortunate spot where his team was up against the cap and decided they’d rather keep his pass-rushing counterpart in Bennett.

    The extra money has to come from somewhere. And much more often than not, to create substantial cap room, you need to drop substantial contributors. Such is Bryant’s case.

    I would have loved to sign him to a 2-3yr deal at 3.5m/yr. For his age and skill set, I think Jax gave him that little extra to lick him down early.

  7. 8BitEra March 10, 2014

    Woops, on my mobile and Swype is giving me a hard time. Fell* and lock*.

    1. Phatgzus March 11, 2014

      Indeed; one might assume that the early licking was the little something extra.

  8. Vijay March 10, 2014

    LINVAL JOSEPH (Consolation prize)

  9. 8BitEra March 11, 2014

    Don’t see it happening. It’s a nice thought, bringing Arthur Jones in. But, with what Bennett just got paid (4 yrs/$28M with 16 of that over the first 2), I don’t see it. Bear in mind, Everson Griffen of the Vikes got a deal worth $8.5M/season over 5 and he wasn’t even a starter. However, he did have like 17.5 sacks the last 3 years in rotation work. That would put Jones in the 4.5-6M/yr range easy.

  10. tedtomato March 11, 2014

    Fuck quarless..fuck eds..not worth what other teams will overspend on them!! Defense Defense Defense..that should be teddys main focus!! Get Tretter up to speed and draft a center in the later rounds! Maybe get a little lucky with a te in the draft also..quarless=just a guy

  11. GBslacker March 11, 2014

    I feel like I’m finally maturing… after so many years of Ted Thompson.

    Bryant, Houston, Jones… and ties to Green Bay in the first week of free agency?

    No. I won’t even bother to check position, age, stats. etc.

    I won’t be fooled again.

    1. Phatgzus March 11, 2014

      Meet the new boss. (Not) The same as the old boss.