Move No. 1 – Signing Taven Bryan
I’m going to hop on the horse once again and voice my frustration with how the Cleveland Browns have handled the defensive tackle situation. Three years ago, it was Jordan Elliott, two years ago it was Tommy Togiai, and last year it was Taven Bryan.
My point is, the Browns have struggled at defensive tackle since letting Sheldon Richardson go, and they’ve yet to make a real effort to fix it. Bryan was a classic Berry free-agent signee. A former first-round pick that didn’t live up to expectations and needed a fresh start.
Typically, I’m okay with that strategy and it has worked out a few times, but we knew the weakest part of Bryan’s game was his ability to stop the run. Not only that, but Bryan also had questions about his effort on the field, and we definitely saw glimpses of that in 2022.
With the addition of Jim Schwartz as the new defensive coordinator, I’m hoping this will finally be the offseason that the Browns fix the issue.There are not only a lot of quality free agents this offseason at the position, but there are also a few nice pieces in the draft who specializes in stopping the run.
The Browns have plenty of guys on this roster who have the ability to rush the passer, but no one who can clog two gaps on one play or has the discipline to not get upfield. After three off-seasons, Berry must fix the issue at defensive tackle in 2023.