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Browns, defensive tackle Taven Bryan agree to one-year deal worth up to $5 million

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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Taven Bryan (93) celebrates a sack during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo /Gary McCullough)

Taven Bryan heads to Cleveland to provide the Browns with much-needed assistance inside their defensive line.

The Browns and Bryan agreed to a one-year deal Monday night worth up to $5 million with incentives, a person familiar with the deal said, confirming an NFL Network report.

The window for NFL teams to legally negotiate with impending unrestricted free agent agents from other clubs opened at noon Monday. Deals can’t be signed until free agency officially begins at 4 pm Wednesday.

Malik Jackson and Malik McDowell are headed for free agency after serving as the Browns’ starting defensive tackles last season. It would be a surprise if Jackson returned after becoming an unrestricted free agent. McDowell will not be featured as an exclusive rights-free agent due to his arrest in January.

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The 26-year-old Bryan will join 2020 third-round draft pick Jordan Elliott and 2021 fourth-round pick Tommy Togiai in the Browns’ defensive tackle room.

The 6-foot-5, 291-pound Bryan was drafted in the first round (29th overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018. The University of Florida product started 17 of the 63 games he appeared in in the last four seasons with the Jaguars. , compiling 86 tackles, 5½ sacks, 15 quarterback hits, a forced fumble and a pass defensed.

Last season, Bryan played 15 games without starting and had 15 tackles, two sacks and eight hits at quarterback.

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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Taven Bryan (93) sits down to taunt Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) after Bryan sacked Allen during action early in the second quarter.  The Jaguars were tied with the Bills 6-6 at the end of the first half.  The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Buffalo Bills at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL on Sunday, November 7, 2021. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Taven Bryan (93) sits down to taunt Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) after Bryan sacked Allen during action early in the second quarter. The Jaguars were tied with the Bills 6-6 at the end of the first half. The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Buffalo Bills at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL on Sunday, November 7, 2021. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

Nate Ulrich can be reached at [email protected].

This article originally appeared in Akron Beacon Journal: Cleveland Browns, Taven Bryan agree to one-year deal

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