Jan 30, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant (79) at a press conference at The Westin in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Rumors: Red Bryant a Target at Defensive End?

Finally! A rumor involving a player the Chiefs may obtain as opposed to lose. Red Bryant, a defensive end for the world champion Seattle Seahawks, was released today and a the Chiefs may be a potential landing spot for him.

Bryant would definitely the role expected to be left vacant by Tyson Jackson as an interior run stopper. Bryant played in 561 snaps last season, totaling 28 tackles and 26 run stuffs to go along with two sacks. And at six-feet, five-inches and 328 pounds, Bryant should be able to occupy some room on the interior defensive line as well.

The only issue here is Bryant is not much of a pass rusher. In six seasons he has only 3.5 career sacks, but he has been played a little bit out of position in Seattle’s scheme. Bryant was a fourth round draft pick by the Seahawks in 2008, well before Pete Carroll arrived in Seattle. Maybe there is some pass rushing ability in him KC can unlock in their 34 scheme.

Still, Kansas City could use all the depth they can get on the defensive line. If Bryant fills a first and second down role while a rookie lineman comes in as a designated pass rusher then that will work just fine.

What do you think? Should the Chiefs be interested in adding Bryant?



Tags: 2014 NFL Free Agency Kansas City Chiefs Rumors

  • mnelson52

    We need a pass rusher

  • Tristian

    Ben he has to be a target and ill tell you why. If the chiefs could somehow grab him and pick up a stephen Tuitt type in the draft at 23 how scary would our defense be then? Obviously the chiefs run a 3-4 and I understand that. But think of the flexibility in nickel now if you grab him and u have him Tuitt Poe and Devito able to push the pocket and stop the run. Keeping Hali and Houston fresh means adding some depth right? So thats what this guy is in some ways but we can still play him on passing downs to keep devito fresh or the rookie. I know ppl arent gonna like this but beating guys like manning and Rivers means getting to them. If you have defensive line depth you can go a long way. Ask the giants how they beat tom Brady and the Hawks how they beat manning. At the very least pushing the pocket in thr the QBs face gets him off his spot. Thats what we gotta do to beat the elite who we face alot next year

    • Ben Nielsen

      I think I’m with you on this, Tristian.

    • Brian Dempsey

      I’m also with you on this. Bryant and Tuitt would both be nice additions to try to help bolster the Chiefs Defensive front 7 and for all the reasons that you stated.

      • berttheclock

        Hey, Brian, glad to see you post here. Any word as to Big Roy joining AA, as well? I have not been in contact with him since I chose to not use Face Book at the Star.

        • Brian Dempsey

          Hello Bert. I’ll send a PM to him and ask him to come over.

  • Jarad

    I’m guessing there will be more than a few teams interested in him. I don’t think his position/skill set is worth it for KC. With the limited cap space, I’d prefer they upgrade a position of bigger need thru free agency. That being said, I’m torn what I’d prefer, Safety, or WR. I originally thought WR, but the more I hear and read about Odell Beckham, I’d love that pick. I think he’d thrive in Reid’s system! Keep up the good work AA!

    • Canad-Ian

      Every day I look at the draft and think, “I really want a FS at 23… No no no I want a WR… No no I want an OLB… No wait I want a FS again… or maybe Tuitt would be a good pick”

      It *should* be hard to disappoint me in this draft in the first round.

  • micah stephenson

    Nope! I pass! We need guys who can get after the QB. This is a passing lg not a running lg.

  • berttheclock

    Seattle was able to get to Manning by using their outside DEs. I say outside because at times they played 4 DEs across their front. Bryant played the inside. As long as the Chiefs use their hybrid 3-4 defense, the LBs will have the majority of the pass rushing. Unless, one can find a Clone of J J Watt, who is one of the few DEs in a 3-4 who can rush the passer and he really does a lot of his rushing by moving up and down the line, the Chiefs will have to stick with finding another LB who can rush the passer. Nico Johnson is never going to be that answer as he really a run first stopper and that runner has to be very close to his proximity.

    However, I agree with one of comments by Tristian. The one concerning building a team which can beat the elite. In the days of yore, Al Davis said you have to build your team to win your division. Now, one has to look beyond that and do as suggested by Tristian and build to beat the best.

    • Jake Smith

      You don’t know what you are talking about. Bryant didn’t play on the interior of Seattle s defensive line. He hasn’t played interior since Pete carrol took over. Which is why…..He played the least snaps of any Seattle d line rotational player. He doesn’t play inside…He plays only 40% of snaps…only 18% against passing teams…I.E. Manning in the superbowl.

      Where did you get this info that he moved inside when Clem was healthy? You realize Clem only missed a few games this year right? Who are you getting this information from? Quit misleading people.

  • berttheclock

    Contrary to opinions expressed against my suggestion, I will say again I would love to see Poe moved to DE. Yes, I realize he weighs 350, but, at NT, he is constantly double teamed. Imagine him with his speed and moves moving to DE. Now, automatically, you would be tying up a TE to double him and I suggest to anyone how would they like to line up across from both Poe and Houston. Who would you and your TE buddy stop on a consistent basis?

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      Yeah, but someone has to be able to handle the double teams. I’m not against putting him at DE for certain formations, but Poe’s real value is his ability to take on two blockers AND still get to the passer or run down the rush play.

  • berttheclock

    One other point about the release of Bryant and add Rice to that, as well. Comments have been made about how it took 4 years for Schneider and Carroll to rebuild their team and produce a SB winner. For those who hate to see current and/or some of the older players of the Chiefs leave the team, consider that with the release of Bryant and Rice, the Seahawks only have 3 players left who were with the team when Schneider and Carroll took over.

  • berttheclock

    Ben, with the myriad of moves by front offices, you are going to be very busy trying to connect the various players with the Chiefs. Have you read the latest coming out of Miami as their new regime is shopping the 3rd player taken in the 2013 draft, Dion Jordan, the DE/OLB? The word is he doesn’t fit their system and had an injured shoulder (surgery last month for a torn labrum). More of pass rusher for a 3-4. They are also considering moving Mike Wallace and one other of their stars to get down in cap room and use the money for the draft. Cheaper with the new CBA money limit for draftees.

    • Tony Parker

      That’s very interesting Bert, I thought that Jordan was gonna be a beast coming out of college. I still think he can be a beast.

  • jimfromkcj

    the problem I have is that he is 30 yrs old. and we just don’t need any 30 year old guys on this team. We need to get younger not older. If you want to be realistic, we don’t stand a China man’s chance of winning anything for at least 2 or maybe 3 years. We have our core players who are playmakers who will be 30 or better in that time. Red would be 32 or 33. He ain’t no pass rusher now and not likely to get better. So why should we invest money in him. I am not enthused with Jackson, but Red is just a bigger Jackson in my opinion. If he was 25 or 26 years old I would be interested, but I just don’t see him fitting in in any scenario.

    • berttheclock

      jimfromkcj is absolutely correct in the need to get younger. In addition, if any team gets younger through the draft or bringing in UDFAs who can play well, the team starts saving money under the Cap. One of the things which has backfired on older players is the new CBA agreement which cut salaries for rookies. This means the older stars, should they wane in any way become expendable. Look at the many players being cut or teams letting them explore FAcy and you will find it really comes down to teams not wanting to pay their large salaries. Most are Cap cuts. However, look at another thing. Threads were up about the Seahawks having a four year run under their GM and HC to build their SB team and, since, Dorsey and Schneider both came from GB, several mentioned a 4 year plan for the Chiefs. That four year plan in Seattle was made up of constant churning, finding younger players and releasing the old. With this cut of Bryant and Rice, Seattle only has 3 players left from when Schneider and Carroll took command 4 years ago.

  • Stan Smith

    Waste of $$$$$

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Not sure why. He’s even less of a passrusher than Jackson.

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      Would make for a solid rotation with Bailey though, me thinks.

  • iowaskcchiefsfan

    We need someone to team-up with Dontari Poe, who is facing to many double and triple teams. A 2nd player that the opposing team will have to account for. Red Bryant would be good, so also would Corey Peters or Linval Joseph.
    Corey missed almost all of 2013 on IR, Showed signs of being a major disruptive facture in 2011 and took a step back in 2012. We could maybe get him at a price worth a gamble.
    Linval Joseph at 6’4″, 325 lbs., would have to be paid attention. He could also swap or sub for Dontari.
    Another that I heard might be available is BJ Raji of Green Bay. BJ hasn’t been as productive the last couple of seasons. He is only in his 6th season so still young. Teamed up with Dontari, the could really compliment each other.