— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) August 23, 2017
The move did not come as a surprise to the defensive tackle. With the addition of number one overall pick Myles Garrett, Bryant’s days in Cleveland were numbered. After seeing very little time in the second half of Monday’s 10-6 victory over the New York Giants, Bryant’s release was expected to come sooner than later.
“We’d like to thank Des for all his contributions to the Cleveland Browns in his time with our organization,” Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown said in a release by the team. “He proved to be a leader and tone setter along our defensive front and we wish him well.”
Bryant has not appeared in a regular season game since the 2015 season. He missed all of the 2016 season with a torn pectoral muscle. Bryant appeared in 41 games in a Browns uniform. He joined the Browns via free agency in 2013. Bryant began his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He came to Cleveland after playing for the Oakland Raiders.
The eight year veteran has recorded 251 career tackles, 26 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The move continues the Browns philosophy of building the roster with younger players. Bryant was one of five players on the Browns roster over the age of 30 before his release.
Desmond Bryant was one of just four players over 30 on the Browns' roster.
— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) August 23, 2017
Cleveland replaced Bryant with defensive lineman Brandon Thompson. The six year veteran was originally drafted by the Bengals in 2012. Thompson has appeared in 39 games and logged 53 tackles and three sacks. He has spent his entire NFL career in Cincinnati. Thompson missed the 2016 season.
Browns sign DL Brandon Thompson after cutting Desmond Bryant https://t.co/u6n0HhoLmg
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 23, 2017