New York Giants: Logan Ryan still in the lead for NFC free safeties Pro Bowl voting

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Sep 27, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor (15) gains yards after catch as New York Giants cornerback Logan Ryan (23) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants added Logan Ryan as a free agent after no other team gave him the same chance following his departure from the Titans, and they haven’t regretted the choice since. Ryan has become a key part of the secondary in what turned out to be a successful experiment following an early injury to Xavier McKinney. While Ryan was initially brought in just for this reason, he’s become enough of a factor for Giants fans to start thinking about the odds of him sticking around next year.

One of the fruits of his labor is his lead in the voting for NFC free safeties for the Pro Bowl. There’s one week left to vote and so far, no one has surpassed Ryan’s total in this category.

For once, the Giants have multiple players in contention for Pro Bowl spots – a change from the last couple of years where they had one of the thinnest rosters in the NFL.

Ryan has 69 combined tackles so far after playing in every game for the Giants and is on pace for one of his best years in this category. He also has a single interception and has three forced fumbles this season. If his current pace keeps up, it looks like he’ll surpass his career total for forced fumbles in one season.

The player will be of further interest when the offseason comes, due to his contract. It’s been speculated that the Giants will have to make a choice when it comes to Leonard Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Ryan. They may not have enough cap space to afford all three players, but obviously, there’s some desire to keep Ryan around thanks to his impact on the secondary and his Pro Bowl worthy performance.

The forecast of what the cap situation will look like isn’t all clear yet. It’s possible that we’ll see Nate Solder retire, and it looks like Golden Tate is headed out the door after this season. It’s clear right now, however, that many would prefer keeping Ryan and the team’s impact players on the defensive front around rather than Solder and Tate.