The cap-strapped Oakland Raiders are likely to let underrated defensive tackle Desmond Bryant walk this offseason, which means that the free agency market is the next destination for the Harvard grad.
While many teams have been connected to Bryant as potential suitors, the most recent (and one of the most intriguing) of the bunch is the Cleveland Browns.
“#Raiders DT Desmond Bryant on the #Browns’ radar in free agency,” said Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot via Twitter.
For years now, the Browns have been hurting along the defensive line. Despite recent draft picks like Phil Taylor and Jabaal Sheard coming in with expectations of greatness, neither has overwhelmed so far along the Cleveland defensive front. Adding a disruptive player like Bryant to Ray Horton’s aggressive 3-4 attack could turn things around for the Browns in 2013, though.
More than anything, Bryant would bring an interior pass-rushing presence to Cleveland that the Browns haven’t seen in some time. While they did finish 11th in the NFL in sacks during the 2012 season, the Browns lacked an elite pass-rusher who could consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks. While Bryant is anything but a dynamic rusher, his pressure from the interior can free up the rest of the line and make the Cleveland defensive front even more lethal.
The defensive line is far from the Browns biggest need this offseason, but adding some young, explosive talent couldn’t hurt. If Bryant can put his off-field issues behind him and play up to his potential, he’d be a sound addition to the Cleveland front.