Logan Ryan To Sign With Giants

The Giants are adding a big name to their secondary. Logan Ryan agreed to terms on a one-year, $7.5MM deal, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

While the value is not quite what Ryan hoped for earlier this offseason, it represents a nice payday for a player who spent more than five months in free agency. Ryan, who changed agents over the weekend, will also return to his native New Jersey for his eighth NFL season.

Earlier Monday, Ryan was reported to have interest in joining the Giants, who had been monitoring his market for a while. This will take one of the top free agents off the market. Although Ryan will have less than two weeks with his new team before Week 1, he has a history with new Giants head coach Joe Judge and DC Patrick Graham. Both were in New England during Ryan’s four-year Patriots tenure.

Ryan’s fit will be interesting, because the Giants could use help at multiple spots. The former Patriots and Titans slot defender recently marketed himself as a safety, citing his cornerback-most 113 tackles last season as a selling point. The Giants, though, saw Sam Beal opt out and DeAndre Baker land on the commissioner’s exempt list. But second-round pick Xavier McKinney, an expected safety starter, suffered a broken foot. Ryan saw far more time at slot corner than safety in 2019. Regardless, the Rutgers product will be expected to be a full-time player for the Giants this season.

The 29-year-old defender intercepted four passes last season and has 17 career picks; 13 of those came with the Patriots. The Jets were close to a deal with Ryan earlier this year, and the Dolphins expressed interest in adding another ex-Patriot to their roster. The Ravens were also moderately interested, though Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic tweets Baltimore was not prepared to pay $7.5MM. But the Giants won out and will help their needy defense with a player who may play a versatile role in 2020.

The Giants ranked 31st in pass-defense DVOA last season. They have now added Ryan and James Bradberry to their secondary, which could include McKinney during the season’s second half. He looms as an IR-return candidate. While questions remain about Big Blue’s pass rush, their secondary looks to be upgraded.

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10 comments on “Logan Ryan To Sign With Giants

    • rocky7

      Yes, your Florida teams, the jaguars and dolphins look to be the class of the NFL this season don’t they now!

  1. kylewait89

    It’s odd that he landed 7.5M this late. His market must have jumped because I can’t see it. Good player, late in his career. Might keep the Giants respectable at the DB position but I can’t see the reasoning behind signing them in a year I can’t imagine they challenge for much. Good for Logan Ryan though.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I think the takeaway here is that having the right agent representation pays dividends.

    • They just lost two secondary starters in Baker and McKinney, so it makes sense they’d want to add someone who can play. Ryan could have used that for leverage to get a little more money. It’s also a one year deal and how many more players will they even sign before the season starts? They probably put in a little extra to lock him in.

    • rocky7

      You think the secondary losses the Giants have had, as well as Bradberry looking pretty bad in scrimmages thus far had anything to do with his leverage value…uhm….let’s ponder that for a minute.

  2. drd5748

    >>It’s odd that he landed 7.5M this late. His market must have jumped because I can’t see it. Good player, late in his career.

    …. The Grinch That Stole Labor Day? He’s 29, not 39 and just nailed his most-ever tackles (113); sacks (4.5); QB hits and is rarely injured; one of the NFL’s Top 10 CBs

    • wagner13

      While talented and versatile, I wouldn’t call him a too ten corner. He’s not a lockdown player in coverage and can be exposed when outschemed by intelligent offensive coordinators. Ramsey, Peters, Gilmore, White, Howard, Jones, Slay, Dunbar, Sherman, Alexander, Lattimore, Hayward, and Ward are all definitely superior IMO

  3. rocky7

    With Derwin James out for the Chargers, Logan wouldn’t have lasted through today and the Giants would have incredibly bad options remaining because he certainly would have been signed by the Chargers in LA….maybe for more money considering the Chargers are looking to compete this year according to Hard Knocks!
    That being said, Timing is everything isn’t it!

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