Last night, the Seattle Seahawks and defensive end Red Bryant agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract that included $14.5 million in guaranteed money. While reports of guaranteed money are often inflated, a league source has confirmed that Bryant's $14.5 million is fully guaranteed and will be paid out over the first two years.
Seattle opted to not use the $10.605 million franchise tender to restrict Bryant's movement this week. That turned out to be a $2.605 million decision in 2012 as Bryant will receive a $5 million signing bonus and $3 million in fully guaranteed base salary in the first year of the deal. Bryant's 6.5 million base salary in 2013 is also fully guaranteed.
In 2014, when the cap is expected to increase along with the new television contracts, Bryant has a $3 million roster bonus and $4.5 million base salary. Over the final two years of the contract, Bryant is due $6 million (2015) and $7 million (2016) in base salary.
Through playing-time incentives, Bryant can also increase his base salary by $625,000 ($2.5 million total) each year from 2013 through 2016, putting the maximum value of his contract at $37.5 million.
A fourth-round pick out of Texas A&M, the 6-foot-4, 323-pound Bryant signed a four-year, $2.146 million rookie contract that included a $441,500 signing bonus. Bryant appeared in just 10 games his first seasons before he was moved to the "5" technique by Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll in 2010. Bryant had an immediate impact in Seattle's run defense before tearing his ACL midway through the 2010 season.
In 16 starts last season, Bryant totaled 32 tackles, one sack and had a pair of interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in a win over the Chicago Bears.