NY Jets are wise to not sign Logan Ryan at his asking price

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The NY Jets are smart to move on from Logan Ryan at his current asking price.

The NY Jets have been connected to free-agent cornerback Logan Ryan over the past month or so, but at the moment, no signing seems imminent.

That’s despite the reported interest and a report that came out indicating that the Jets “believed” that they would sign Ryan. If that’s the case, they clearly weren’t aware of his asking price or at least expected it to go down.

At the time of writing, it seemingly hasn’t.

Ryan is still asking for $10 million per season and by all accounts, general manager Joe Douglas is unwilling to pay that sum. And at the end of the day, you can’t really blame him.

The 29-year-old is fresh off a season where he earned an average-at-best 64.9 Pro Football Focus grade. That grade would have ranked him 57th in the NFL right behind current Jets cornerback Arthur Maulet at cornerback.

Sure, his four interceptions, 4.5 sacks, and 114 tackles may stand out amongst the rest, but there’s a reason he’s still on the market as we approach June. Ryan also allowed a league-leading seven touchdowns in 2019 and was flagged a whopping 11 times.

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No cornerback in the NFL allowed more receptions than Ryan who surrendered 80 catches while allowing an opposing quarterback rating of 95.3.

Yes, Ryan was targeted more than any cornerback in the NFL in 2019. That alone will skew some of those stats, but he still isn’t a player who’s worth the $10 million investment.

Consider the fact that the Jets were able to re-sign Brian Poole — PFF’s No. 9 graded cornerback and one of the best slot corners in the league last year — to a measly one-year, $5 million contract.

Ryan is asking for double that price despite significantly worse play. He’s just not going to get that — at least not from the Jets.

Gang Green did a decent job of solidifying a cornerback position that played surprisingly well over the second half of last season. Former Indianapolis Colts cornerback Pierre Desir is expected to start alongside 2019 sixth-round pick Blessuan Austin on the boundary.

Poole will hold down the slot role with the likes of fifth-round rookie Bryce Hall, Quincy Wilson, and the aforementioned Maulet competing for the depth roles on the team.

The Jets have depth at the cornerback position and Gregg Williams has shown the ability to maximize the talent at his disposal. Realistically, there are a lot more positions that fans should be concerned about right now than cornerback.

Ryan is a good player. His versatility to play both inside and outside make him intriguing and his mixture of veteran experience and still-quality starting play would make him a welcome addition to the defense.

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But at $10 million, it looks like the Jets are rightfully going to pass.