2 Indianapolis Colts players who shouldn't be back in 2024, and 3 that should

How do the Colts choose to sort through their own free agents?
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2. Taven Bryan, DL

Second, the Colts shouldn't re-sign defensive lineman Taven Bryan. As mostly a backup and rotational player, Bryan played a total of 339 defensive snaps in 2023. While he wasn't necessarily ineffective against quarterbacks, Bryan also wasn't as influential as he'd need to be in order to be brought back.

Bryan's best traits certainly come in pass rush snaps, as he ended with 2.0 sacks and 11 total pressures last season. But, when it comes to defending the run, the Colts could stand to upgrade Bryan's position.

Last season, the Colts finished as the ninth-worst team against the run, so that will be a focal point this offseason. Bringing Bryan back shouldn't be in their plans, as he was abysmal in that area.

As a former first-round pick, Bryan really hasn't had a productive season against the run for about four years now. His first two years in the league with the Jaguars, Bryan looked like a promising player. But, since then, he's looked more suited as a backup.