Taven Bryan ended up having a very average year for the Cleveland Browns. PFF gave him a 60.0 for the year. If the team had three defensive tackles that were that highly rated, the Browns would be in the playoffs right now. No, Bryan is not a guaranteed starter for most teams in the league but considering the Browns should be looking for three or four new tackles this offseason, while cutting two others (Jordan Elliot, Tommy Togiai), you can’t just get rid of what quality you do have at the position.
Bryan is someone who can come in, compete for a spot next season, push some younger rookie-type players and maybe find some consistency if the team can manage to bring in a Pro Bowl-caliber player at the position through free agency or a trade.
Not only that, but should the Browns sign Brian Flores, a proponent of 3-4 defenses, Bryan could easily slot over and play the other defensive end while the team looks for a more hefty defensive tackle. His speed and size make him an ideal 3-4 defensive end, and those aren’t easy to find.
Granted, it’s all going to come down to dollars and cents here, but barring some huge contract demand, the Browns should want to re-sign Bryan, but who knows?