Logan Ryan Rumors: Browns Have 'Expressed Interest' in Former Titans DB

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2020

Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan is seen before a play against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. The Titans won 28-12. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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The Cleveland Browns reportedly have interest in free-agent defensive back Logan Ryan, according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. 

Per that report: "The Browns haven't signed Ryan to this point likely because he's been seeking $10 million a year, the same amount he averaged with the Titans the past three seasons. If he reduces his salary demand, they might be able to strike deal." 

Ryan is expected to find a new home shortly after switching representation, per the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Free agent DB Logan Ryan, one of the top players available, has hired powerful agent Joel Segal as his new representation and is poised to do a deal, sources say. Ryan’s previous agents waived the five-day waiting period, and Ryan’s move is official.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

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. https://t.co/WfsS5O3ytN

The 29-year-old veteran would fill a major need for Cleveland, which lost safety Grant Delpit for the season to an Achilles injury. Ryan was mainly utilized as a corner last season by the Tennessee Titans but is versatile—as Cabot noted, he "played 21 snaps on the defensive line, 22 at free safety, 180 in the box, 243 at outside corner and 855 in the slot in 2019."

Ryan also desires to make the move to safety, per Rapoport:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

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. https://t.co/NZni6BYmND

That versatility is always a plus. And Ryan put up strong stats in 2019, registering 113 tackles, four interceptions, 18 passes defended, 4.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. NFL players voted him the No. 60 player in all of football last year. 

Ryan and the Browns are a natural fit if the price is right. For a Browns team that underachieved in 2019 but again has postseason aspirations heading into this season, a proven veteran like Ryan would be a nice, logical addition to the defense.