DT landscape has changed since Patriots saw Red

DT landscape has changed since Patriots saw Red
February 24, 2014, 12:00 pm
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A former Patriots target looks like he’ll be back in circulation.
Red Bryant will reportedly be released by the Seahawks, according to Alex Marvez of FOXSports1.
The 6-foot-4, 323-pound Bryant was pursued hard by the Patriots two years ago. He considered New England but ultimately chose to stay in Seattle on a five-year, $35 million deal.
The Patriots moved on to Jonathan Fanene and he never played a down for them. Fanene was released in August of 2012 and a prolonged squabble over pre-existing injuries ensued that was resolved last September.
Anyway, Bryant’s headed out the door so Seattle can clear space to re-up Michael Bennett. Bryant is due a $4.5 million base salary this season.
It’s important that the Seahawks actually, you know, release him before we wander too far down the road of where he’ll play in New England and who he’ll supplant.
Bryant turns 30 in April. He’d be an interior defensive lineman with the Patriots who have an interesting mix of players on the roster there right now.
Vince Wilfork’s coming back from a torn Achilles and has a giant cap number. He also wasn’t very impactful before he got hurt in 2013. But he’s got a resume that demands one look at what he’s done in his career as well rather than a snapshot from the start of last season.
Tommy Kelly was the Patriots best defensive lineman before he went down with a knee injury last year in Cincinnati.
Armond Armstead is the promising CFL refugee who contracted an infection last season and never played. Nobody knows for sure what he can do but hopes were high for him last season.
Sealver Siliga basically parachuted in at the midpoint of the season and was the team’s best DT in December and Janaury.
Chris Jones and Joe Vellano are hardhat guys who are borderline starters and can succeed with limited roles.
Only Wilfork was in the mix when the team courted Bryant for what was clearly going to be a bigger role in 2012. The influx of players could cause the Patriots to figure Bryant is one guy too many. Or -- again, if he’s actually released -- Bryant might be looking to recoup a heavy amount of that $4.5M salary he was expecting and the Pats won’t be able to do that.
But it would be an upset if the team didn’t reach out to Bryant. If, you know, he’s actually released.