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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

March 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

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Confirmed: Seahawks to re-sign Red Bryant

Red Bryant will re-sign with the Seahawks, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

It's a five-year contract worth a total of $35 million, according to reporter Adam Schefter. It's $14.5 million in what would be called guaranteed money.

This is an important move for Seattle, which had set retaining Bryant as a priority, but he was going to be an attractive player around the league with the ability to play in both a 4-3 and 3-4 defensive scheme.

He has played four seasons with Seattle after being chosen in the fourth round of the 2008 draft out of Texas A&M. In his first two years, he was an afterthought at defensive end tackle, but after Pete Carroll was hired as coach he switched to defensive end and almost immediately became an anchor at the edge of a suddenly stout run defense.

When free agency began on Tuesday afternoon, there was widespread speculation that New England would make a strong push for Bryant. Instead, he ends up back with Seattle.

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