Defensive tackle Corbin Bryant is staying in Buffalo at least one more season, signing his restricted free agent tender on Monday.
All along, Bryant wanted to stay in Western New York to help fix a defense that regressed in 2015. Buffalo extended the veteran the low tender of $1.67 million and, now, the 28-year-old has signed it. Considering that Kyle Williams is recovering from off-season knee surgery, Buffalo could use Bryant's presence up front on the defensive line. Williams was not in attendance at Monday's first day of off-season workouts at One Bills Drive.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Bryant had 45 tackles (24 solo) a year ago and believes he brings much value to this defense.
“A guy who’s been out there,” Bryant said in February. “A guy who’s seen a lot. A guy who can break down film really well. A guy who knows the different tricks of the trade to figure out what teams are doing. And also, a physical presence out there as well. All the different parts that we have, everybody brings something great to the table and that’s what’s exciting.”
After getting signed and cut repeatedly by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bryant originally latched on with the Bills in December 2012.
Since then, he's grown into a rotational player up front who relies on his smarts above all. When Williams went down, Bryant got the call.
Repeating what other teammates have said, Bryant noted in February that it took months for coaches to figure out Buffalo's personnel. Starting now, Rex Ryan and the NFL's 19th-ranked defense hope to get it right in 2016.
“I’d say it takes time to learn the type of players you have,” Bryant said. “You can say you learn it in OTAs and training camp but until you get out there in a real game situation, it’s a lot different. We had our moments where we were dominant and we played well. And we had some games where things just didn’t go our way. It’s not like we were 5-11 or won only like four games.”