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Red Bryant re-signs with Arizona Cardinals, team announces return of TE Gresham

The Cardinals are keeping many of their free agents.

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We already knew about the return of tight end Jermaine Gresham to the Arizona Cardinals, but the team announced Monday both he and another veteran player would return in 2016. In addition to Gresham agreeing to terms on a one-year contract, veteran defensive tackle Red Bryant, who joined the team late last season, also re-signed with the Cardinals on a one-year contract.

Gresham's return was reported on Sunday, and he chose to come back to the Cardinals, turning down a reported contract offer of four years, $23 million and $12 million guaranteed. He either really wanted to be here and likes his role, or he feels he can turn 2016 into an even bigger contract.

Bryant (6-4, 323) played the final six games of the season last year for the Cardinals after signing with the team on November 26. He is an eight-year NFL veteran who began his career with Seattle as a fourth-round (121st overall) selection in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. Bryant played his first six seasons with the Seahawks (2008-13) before starting all 16 games with Jacksonville in 2014.

In his career, Bryant has played in 86 games with 71 starts, collecting 147 tackles (98 solos), 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, seven passes defensed and 14 tackles for loss. He has also blocked four kicks in his career, three field goals and one PAT in 2011.