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Desmond Bryant, Cleveland Browns reach contract

The Cleveland Browns made another impact move to improve their pass rush Tuesday, agreeing to a five-year, $34 million contract with defensive tackle Desmond Bryant, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported.

Bryant is guaranteed $15 million in the deal, which came hours after the Browns locked up former Baltimore Ravens defensive end Paul Kruger with a five-year, $40 million agreement.

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Bryant, 27, drew the interest of multiple teams as his value built in the lead-up to free agency. Bryant spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, finishing last season with 36 tackles and four sacks in 16 games (eight starts).

Bryant is a disruptor who finished with 11 quarterback hits, 20 hurries and 35 total pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Those 35 pressures were good for fourth in the NFL among defensive tackles last season.

Bryant did himself no favors last month when he was arrested in Florida on a criminal mischief charge. Still, Bryant is an ascendant talent, which helped allow the Browns -- and we're sure several other teams -- overlook such malfeasance.

That murmur you hear is the Browns fan base buzzing with hope. Let them be.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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