The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a contract with former New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan.
In February, Dan Cotton of CBS.com estimated that Ryan’s market value, based on what other similar corners have been paid in recent years, is around $14M a year. However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported that Ryan’s contract with the Titans a three year deal worth $30 million.
Ryan, a third round pick of the Patriots in 2013, is sort of a jack-of-all-trades at the cornerback position. He is a very sound tackler in the running game, physical at the line of scrimmage, and he is always around the football. Those are three things that Titans corners struggled immensely with in 2017.
The Titans entered this offseason with cornerback being their biggest positional need. While the addition of Ryan will not entirely fix a very subpar group of corners, it certainly will go a long way toward improving the unit.
This move makes sense for a number of reasons, perhaps the main one being Ryan’s ties to GM Jon Robinson. In an interview earlier this year with Nashville’s “Midday 180” on 104.5 The Zone, Robinson spoke of how he used analytics as a personnel executive with the Patriots to aid in the evaluation of defensive back prospects.
When he studied film of Ryan, Robinson noticed his tendency to always be around the football. Since the Patriots were looking for someone to create turnovers, Robinson concluded that Ryan would be the best option.
Additionally, Ryan very much falls under the identity that Mike Mularkey likes to preach. Whereas last year Titans corners could often be seen playing off of the line of scrimmage for fear of being beaten deep, Ryan’s toughness and aggressive attitude will allow him to play physically at the line of scrimmage.
Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has a new toy to play with, and the Titans have taken another step towards revitalizing their secondary.