Field Yates of ESPN reports that Browns DL Desmond Bryant has agreed to drop his 2016 salary from $6 million down to $1.25 million.
Yates adds that Bryant will earn the $1.25 million while he’s on the non-football injury list.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter previously reported that the Browns and the agent for Bryant met over a month ago to discuss whether the team would be willing to pay a portion of the $6 million Bryant was set to make this season.
Cleveland did not have an obligation to pay Bryant now that he’s suffered a season-ending torn pectoral and has been placed on the non-football injury list.
Bryant, 30, originally signed on with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard before joining the Browns a free agent in 2013. He’s in the fourth year of his five-year, $34 million contract that included $15 million guaranteed. Bryant stands to make base salaries of $6 million and $7 million over the next two years.
In 2015, Bryant appeared in 14 games for the Browns and recorded 33 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 54 interior defensive lineman out of 123 qualifying players.