The Jacksonville Jaguars and free agent defensive lineman Red Bryant have reached agreement on a four-year contract. The deal Saturday will reunite Bryant with his former Seattle coordinator, Jaguars Coach Gus Bradley.
Jacksonville is looking to upgrade its talent along both lines of scrimmage, and getting the run-stuffing Bryant gives the team a strong start to free agency. Jacksonville already re-signed quarterback Chad Henne to a two-year, $8-million deal.
Bryant turns 30 next month. He spent six years in Seattle, making 121 tackles. He began his career as a defensive tackle but moved to end in 2010. He missed one game over the last three seasons, recording 87 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and two interceptions in that time. He was a fourth-round pick in 2008.
The Green Bay Packers agreed to re-sign cornerback Sam Shields to a new contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus announced on Twitter. A person who had seen the contract told NFL Media that the deal is worth $39 million over four years. NFL Media’s Albert Breer added that Shields received a $12.5-million signing bonus and will collect $21 million over the first two years of the deal. Pro Football Talk first reported the new contract.
Darrell Stuckey and the San Diego Chargers have agreed to a new multiyear contract that keeps the safety and special-teams standout from reaching the free-agent market. Stuckey tweeted that it was a four-year deal. Stuckey was special teams captain last season. He's the second potential unrestricted free agent to remain with the Chargers. Inside linebacker Donald Butler agreed on Feb. 28 to a deal that could be worth more than $51 million over seven years, with the final four years tied to a club option.
The New York Jets and tight end Jeff Cumberland agreed to terms on a new contract. Cumberland tweeted that it was for three years.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran guard Davin Joseph, a mainstay on their offensive line over the last eight seasons.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times