Report: New York Jets signing veteran corner Logan Ryan to prove it deal

New York Jets, Logan Ryan, Tennessee Titans

Throughout this offseason, New York Jets GM Joe Douglas has been very active in signing players to prove it deals to attempt to fill critical needs. He’s also been very aggressive in trying to fill one of the Jets’ biggest voids. Last season the Jets’ cornerback group was one of the worst in football. With minimal depth and no proven entities, the Jets had to upgrade the position this the offseason.

They released Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, two bad signings from the old regime, and added Pierre Desir on a one year deal. They also brought back Brian Poole on a one year deal as well. The Jets still have Bless Austin, Nate Hairston, and Arthur Maulet, but they looked to upgrade the position in the draft.

The Jets then came out of the draft with two more new corners—Bryce Hall from Virginia and 23-year-old former second-rounder from the Colts, Quincy Wilson. Although there were reports before the draft of the Jets’ interest in CB Logan Ryan, it seemed as though the team was comfortable with their corners. Well, apparently they were not. The New York Jets have reportedly signed Logan Ryan to a one year deal per Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News.

Who is Logan Ryan?

As we’ve covered extensively here at ESM, Logan Ryan is a reliable veteran coming off a very successful season. Ryan is a hometown kid who attended Rutgers University. After a solid career there, Ryan was drafted in the 3rd Round of 2013 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. When Ryan debuted, he immediately carved himself a role with the Pats. Ryan was an excellent corner with them until he left in 2016.

He then joined the Titans, where he’s been coached by Mike Vrabel. He comes from a very good coaching tree, and he’s got a championship pedigree with two rings under his belt. Ryan is also 29 years old; he’s still got a few years of good football left. After remaining unsigned for the first two months or so of free agency, he now goes to a team in need of a reliable lead corner.

How Will Ryan Fit?

Logan Ryan is coming off a season where he had 113 tackles, 4 INTs, and 4 TFLs. In one of the best years of his career, he also picked off his former teammate, Tom Brady, in what was ultimately the last play of Brady’s time in New England. Now the former Patriot is coming home to the Jets.

Ryan will be tasked with leading a young cornerback group while also trying to perform well to earn himself a long term deal. What better coach to have with that pressure then one of the best defensive coordinators in the game, Gregg Williams. The opportunity to play under Gregg has been a critical reason that players like Brian Poole and Jordan Jenkins took such cheap deals to return to the Jets and is likely a reason Logan Ryan is coming to Gang Green. Williams gets the best out of his players, and he will try to do that with a veteran player who’s had a lot of success.

Even if this move bombs, the Jets have loads of young talent in the secondary that need mentorship. Bryce Hall and Bless Austin could both benefit from learning behind an experienced player, and even Quincy Wilson and Pierre Desir could pick up a thing or two from Ryan. Overall, the Jets have solidified their secondary for the upcoming season and formulated serious competition for the starting roles.

If there is anything you can pull from this offseason, it’s that Joe Douglas likes two things, leadership and establishing competition. By adding a talented player like Logan Ryan, he did just that. 

New York Jets: Attempting To Solve The Cornerback Issues

New York Jets, Jason Myers
This past Thursday night proved a few things but none being clearer than the true seriousness of the New York Jets cornerback issues. The Jets released Derrick Jones today, who was one of the disappointments in the past. They also have decisions to make on a few other corners. The situation is really bad but there are a few solutions the team could explore.

Bringing Back Morris Claiborne

Morris Clairborne was statistically one of the better corners in all of football last season. Despite a suspension, he still provides a good value to the team. He was great last year and no doubt could be a big help to the weak secondary. He was one of the few smart moves by Mike Maccagnan and Joe Douglas should consider bringing him in.

Trade for Jalen Ramsey

Hear me out, it may sound wild but the logistics make sense. He’s a young, big personality but he’s also one of the best corners in the game. Jalen Ramsey has been having some issues in Jacksonville and if Douglas wants to make some big moves, one would be to go out and get him from Jacksonville.

Trade for Xavier Rhodes

”Rhodes Closed”, Xavier Rhodes is a great cornerback. Rhodes is at 29, still a shutdown corner who can hang with most team’s #1 receiver. He’s a 2-time pro bowler and a 1-time all-pro in 2017. He is also semi-realistic. He has a tough contract and he’s 29. Both of those circumstances could make for a less large package being given and could make it a real possibility.

Bring Someone Out Of Retirement

I mean nobody saw Ryan Kalil coming, so why not another one. Adam Pacman Jones is the only semi-realistic corner who is still talented and could make an impact. The other main retirees either have health issues or haven’t played in a while. Although Pacman has some off the field issues, maybe he’s the guy the Jets could get. It’s a low chance, but who knows.
Ultimately in all seriousness, the New York Jets need help. Their cornerback situation is atrocious. Trumaine Johnson was overpaid and needs a big season. Darryl Roberts and Brian Poole could be good but the Jets still need depth beyond them. They currently lack that and that issue needs to be fixed very soon.