The NY Jets are reportedly expected to sign free agent cornerback Logan Ryan in a move that would provide a huge boost to their secondary.
As first reported by Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, the Jets “believe” that they will sign Ryan to a one-year deal. After weeks of speculation about where the talented cornerback would end up, it seems he’s finally settled on Gang Green.
The 29-year-old has spent the last three seasons playing with the Tennessee Titans starting 45 games in the process. Originally a third-round pick of the Patriots back in 2013, Ryan spent the first four years of his career in New England before departing in free agency.
Now, he’s set to make his return to the AFC East in 2020 with the Jets.
Ryan saw a bit of a drop in production last season ranking as the No. 55 cornerback in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. But the seven-year NFL veteran has plenty of starting experience under his belt and did manage four interceptions in 2019.
Now, this is a little interesting given that Ryan has primarily been a slot cornerback throughout his career. And with Brian Poole under contract, the Jets evidently have that position locked down.
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But Ryan has experience playing on the boundary and it’s probably smart to trust that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will manage to get the most out of him. After all, the Jets have made a point out of valuing versatility this offseason.
The Jets are set to have about $14 million in cap space come June 1st when the Trumaine Johnson release becomes official. Perhaps that will prevent the team from officially announcing this move until then.
It also means that the Jets are probably done with free-agent additions pending the terms of Ryan’s contract. So for Jets fans holding out hope of a Larry Warford signing, it’s best to put those dreams in the past.
Nonetheless, Ryan will join an already-improved secondary featuring new faces such as Pierre Desir, Bryce Hall, and Quincy Wilson. Combine them with the returning Blessuan Austin, Arthur Maulet, and Brian Poole and the Jet suddenly have a pretty deep cornerback group — even if it isn’t very top-heavy.
Ryan will bring a veteran presence to the position and immediately become the team’s most experienced and accomplished cornerback.
A significant get here for the Jets in mid-May and one of the top remaining free agents finally off the market.