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Bryant signs for Jaguars

Former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Red Bryant has signed a four-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Financial details of the deal have not been officially confirmed, but reports in the US media suggest the 29-year-old has been given a contract worth a total of $17 million.

Bryant was the Seahawks' defensive captain in each of the past two years and a mainstay of the stop unit that inspired Seattle's Super Bowl run.

However, the Seahawks are looking to clear cap space with a number of players on low contracts scheduled to be re-signed to much more lucrative deals over the next two years, meaning Bryant was released as a cost-saving measure.

Bryant was drafted by Seattle in 2008 and spent six seasons with the Seahawks. From 2009-2012, his defensive coordinator was current Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley.

"We're excited about the addition of Red to the defensive line," Jaguars general manager David Caldwell told his team's official website.

"Red has been a productive player in the NFL. When he became available as a free agent I went to Gus to see if this was a player that would fit into our culture.

"Gus was completely on board and spoke highly of what Red could add to our team on and off the field. We feel like we added another veteran presence along the line."