2. Taven Bryan, DT
Taven Bryan was a typical Andrew Berry signing this past season. He’s a former first-round pick who has a lot of talent but never lived up to expectations with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He then signed with Cleveland on a one-year deal to try and prove he deserved a larger contract the following offseason.
He played fine overall but wasn’t much better than what he showed with the Jags. Bryan finished with 26 tackles, two tackles for a loss, and three sacks while starting 16 games. Despite being a starter all year, he’s highly unlikely to return, especially now that Jim Schwartz is taking over the defense.
That could open the door for Bryan to follow Woods to New Orleans. Right now, both of the Saints starters at defensive tackle are set for free agency as David Onyemata and Shy Tuttle just finished the final year of their deals.
If they’re unable to retain either — or both — it would make sense for them to try the same approach Berry did and go after Bryan. Again, he would likely be willing to sign a one-year deal and we know Woods was a fan of his ability to rush the passer from the interior. He would also cost significantly less than the two free agents they’re going to need to make decisions on.