Some of the newest Titans didn’t hesitate when asked what appealed to them in signing as free agents with Tennessee.
New cornerback Logan Ryan and new safety Jonathan Cyprien, the Titans’ two biggest free-agent prizes thus far, both said that what general manager Jon Robinson and Coach Mike Mularkey are building in Tennessee was a big factor in luring them to sign with the club.
Ryan, who comes over from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is a player that Robinson scouted when he came out of Rutgers in 2013 and went to bat for the Patriots to draft. He said he didn’t have to be sold on what is happening in Tennessee.
“Jon didn’t need to sell and this team didn’t need to sell anything to me. I was very aware of the Tennessee Titans. Jon was a huge reason I got to the NFL. He scouted me out of college,” Ryan said. “He’s extremely bright. He knows what he’s looking for. They expressed an interest in me and I expressed an interest in them. It was pretty mutual for me to come here. Jon is going a great job and he is building great things here, and I’m extremely happy to be part of it. I’m extremely glad they targeted me as a player of need.”
Ryan signed a three-year, $30 million deal Thursday night to join the Titans and is expected to help rebuild a secondary that struggled last season. He said the Titans quickly showed the most interest in pursuing him.
“In the process, Tennessee showed the most interest in me, and it was a place I wanted to be. I know with (Marcus) Mariota at quarterback, the sky is the limit for that guy. I was extremely impressed playing against him. There are a lot of great reasons to come here,” he said.
Likewise, Cyprien, who signed a four-year, $25 million contract in leaving Jacksonville, is eager to get what he hopes is a taste of winning, something that has eluded him with the Jaguars.
“Tennessee is definitely on the way up,” said Cyprien, who sported a two-tone blue suit and tie to celebrate his signing. “We won nine games – and I’m definitely saying ‘we’ from now on – we won nine games last year and finished one game short of making the playoffs. I think this is the year we’re going to make and ever bigger step and continue to go forward.”
Those two are part of a busy first two days of the Titans off-season. The Titans have also upgraded special teams, adding former Raiders Daren Bates and Brynden Trawick and former Falcons return man Eric Weems.