The legal tampering period kicked off on Monday and the Cleveland Browns made a few moves, let’s grade each of their moves so far.
The NFL offseason truly kicked off on Monday at 12:00pm when the legal tampering period for free agency began. The Cleveland Browns really began their offseason this past Saturday when they traded for Dallas Cowboy’s wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Since the tampering period kicked off the Browns have made one additional trade as well as signed one player to their roster. The Browns are looking to add the missing pieces to get them back to the playoffs after a disappointing 2021 season. Let’s take a look at the three moves they have made so far and assign grades to each.
Cleveland Browns tampering period move no. 1 sign Jacksonville defensive tackle Taven Bryan
The first non-trade move the Browns have made this offseason was the signing of former Jaguars defensive tackle Taven Bryan. Bryan is a former first-round pick in 2018 out of the University of Florida. This isn’t the kind of move that will blow you away or make you think your team is now going to the Super Bowl, but it is a move that has value.
Last year the Browns’ defensive tackles were awful, the room needs a total makeover including two new starters. Bryan is the next in a trend for general manager Andrew Berry, a former first-round pick that didn’t work out with his original team. Berry is making it a habit of taking a chance on guys like this to see if they can tap into their potential.
Bryan had a really nice athletic profile coming out of college that led him to be a first-round pick in 2018. He doesn’t project as a starter but he does provide a decent amount of pass rush ability that could turn him into a nice rotational player for the Browns.