Safety Brandon Bryant went unpicked during last Wednesday’s supplemental draft, but he was able to land a roster spot a short time later.
There were multiple reports last week that the Jets would sign Bryant and Bryant sent out a tweet to that effect as well. The Jets made it official on Monday with the announcement of Bryant’s signing and confirmation that 2015 second-round pick Devin Smith has been dropped from the roster.
Bryant played 37 games for Mississippi State before applying for the supplemental draft in the wake of being declared academically ineligible. He had 157 tackles and five interceptions in those appearances.
Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are set to start at safety for the Jets with J.J. Wilcox, Doug Middleton, Terrance Brooks and Rontez Miles, once he’s healthy, on hand as other reserve options.
Lawrence, 26, made only nine sacks his first three seasons while missing 16 games with injuries and a four-game suspension. He had 14.5 sacks last season.
The Cowboys have had three other players play under the franchise tag: Flozell Adams in 2002, Ken Hamlin in 2008 and Anthony Spencer in 2012 and ’13.
Donald skipped organized team activities and the mandatory minicamp as he seeks a deal that is expected to make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league. He likely continues his holdout until he sees a raise over the $6.89 million he is scheduled to make this season.
In 2017, Donald held out of the offseason program, training camp and the preseason before reporting to the team a day before the Rams’ season opener. He still won defensive player of the year honors.
Rams COO and VP Kevin Demoff said last month he hoped the sides agreed to a deal sooner than training camp. Demoff added, But if it goes to training camp, our goal is to make sure it’s done and that he feels rewarded and that it’s a win-win deal for both sides.
Phillips himself gladly elaborates.