The Cleveland Browns appear to be in the market for additional help in the secondary and may turn to veteran Logan Ryan to fill the need.
That is according to cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, who reports that the Browns have “expressed interest” in Ryan:
The #Browns have expressed interest in former #Titans cornerback-turned-safety Logan Ryan, a league source tells clevelanddotcom https://t.co/oe2NLLswEt— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) August 30, 2020
Ryan is a seven-year veteran who spent the past three seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He recently switched agents and is ready to make a deal with the start of the NFL regular season less than two weeks away, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
From Inside Training Camp Live: Versatile DB Logan Ryan has a new agent and several suitors. He should land with plenty of time to be on the field for Week 1. pic.twitter.com/WfsS5O3ytN— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2020
Even though he has played 109 games in his career as a cornerback, Ryan is reportedly willing to move to the safety position as he transitions to the next phase of his career. He even went as far as to have his former agent email the general managers of the NFL’s 32 teams with some stats to show how Ryan compares to some of the other safeties in the league:
Free agent Logan Ryan views himself as a safety, rather than the cornerback he’s generally listed as. To that end, his agent emailed all 32 GMs these top safety stats and asked them to compare his production. An interesting discussion to be sure as one of the top FAs looms. pic.twitter.com/NZni6BYmND— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 10, 2020
While predominantly a cornerback, Ryan does bring versatility to his game as he did play some snaps at other positions while with the Titans in 2019. According to Rapoport (citing Pro Football Focus), the Titans had Ryan play 855 snaps at slot corner, 243 at wide corner, 180 in the box and 22 at free safety last year.
The switch in agents could also signal that Ryan is ready to accept that no one will match his reported asking price of $10 million a year. If he is now open to taking a lower number, Cleveland general manager Andrew Berry might be ready to use some of the team’s $40 million in available cap space on Logan, especially in light of Grant Delpit’s season-ending injury last week.