3 free agent signings from AFC South rivals that left Jaguars fans laughing
Colts signing that left Jacksonville Jaguars fans laughing: Taven Bryan, DT
The Indianapolis Colts are starting over after parting ways with head coach Frank Reich last year. To fill the void, Shane Staichen was hired earlier this year and he's got the dauting task of turning things around with a roster that has been progressively devoid of talent over the last few years.
Even though the Colts needed to fortify their roster in free agency, they mostly focused on adding role players and their most meaningful addition was kicker Matt Gay. You can rightfully point out that Indy also acquired Gardner Minshew but they're expected to draft a quarterback, so he won't probably get a fair chance to win the starting job.
One Indianapolis signing that stood out and not for the right reasons was defensive tackle Taven Bryan, the Jaguars' first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. At the time, Jacksonville was riding high coming off an AFC Championship appearance and were in a position to take Lamar Jackson at No. 29. Instead, they took a flyer on Bryan, who spent four uneventful seasons with the Black and Teal.
Outside of an amazing performance in an upset win over the Buffalo Bills in 2021, Bryan didn't do much of note during his stint with the Jags. Heck, he was even phased out in favor of Doug Coustin, an undrafted free agent, in 2020. Imagine how bad things got for the Jags, who managed to win just one game that year to consider benching the former first-round selection.
Not surprisingly, the Jags declined the fifth-year option on Bryan's rookie contract and let him walk last offseason. The former Florida Gator promptly signed with the Cleveland Browns, where spent an uneventful season.
At this point of his career, Bryan has shown he's better suited for a rotation role, so don't expect him to propel the Colts into the playoffs.