The Tennessee Titans grabbed the cornerback they needed Thursday night, landing Logan Ryan of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
The deal is for three years, sources told TitanInsider.com, and averages around $10 million per season for the cornerback with a total value of around $30 million.
The move followed a day in which three other cornerbacks went quickly off the free agent market – Stephon Gilmore to the Patriots, A.J. Bouye to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dre Kirkpatrick back to the Bengals, all with lucrative contracts.
Ryan should help the Titans in the area of their biggest need from 2016 – pass defense. He had two interceptions and one forced fumble last season for the Patriots and was also a sure tackler, making 92 stops, including 74 solo tackles.
The four-year veteran immediately moves in as the Titans top cornerback, after the team wound up juggling a number of players in and out of the lineup last year. Jason McCourty was one primary starter at cornerback, but he finished the year on the shelf with a shoulder injury. Perrish Cox, the other starter, was released with a month left in the season.
The Titans used rookie fifth-round pick LeShaun Sims down the stretch and also plugged in veterans Brice McCain and Valentino Blake as part of a rotation.
Ryan is a player that Titans general manager Jon Robinson knows well, having been with the Patriots when the club drafted Ryan in 2013 out of Rutgers.
Ryan was a part-time starter his first two seasons, but emerged as a full-time starter in his past two seasons in New England opposite Malcolm Butler.
Ryan’s deal completes a busy day for the Titans, who signed three other players – safeties Jonathan Cyprien and Brynden Trawick and linebacker Daren Bates, as well as re-signing defensive end Karl Klug and linebacker Nate Palmer.