Why did the Titans let him go?
This one is hard to admit, but easy to see when you go back.
It was clear that when the Titans asked Ryan to play on the outside or to matchup up with quicker wide receivers in the slot, he just didn’t have the speed to handle those assignments.
Maybe that contributed to the team’s reluctance to get aggressive on 3rd down or maybe it was something else, but either way Ryan just didn’t make exceptional plays when asked to do what a $10 million cornerback might be asked to do.
With Adoree Jackson and Malcolm Butler on the roster for the next two years, the Titans hopefully have their boundary cornerbacks locked up. If not, they have the heir apparent in Kristian Fulton their 2nd round pick from LSU.
I think the nail in his coffin was the Kansas City Chiefs game where he just got beaten with speed relentlessly and it really seemed like the Titans had the short end of the talent stick.
For a team looking to get faster at CB, it made sense to part ways with Ryan and grab a quick-twitch rookie in the draft while also picking up the extra cap space they get by not signing him.