The Giants throughout the offseason expressed more than casual interest in cornerback Logan Ryan, engaging in multiple conversations with Ryan’s agents about him. The two sides could not come close to an agreement based on money, as Ryan was looking at one point for $10 million a year, a price the Giants were not going to come close to meeting.
A development Sunday could spark some movement and lead Ryan to the Giants. Ryan has a new agent, Joel Segal, and, according to NFL Network, Ryan is ready to make a deal. Ryan’s previous agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, waived the standard five-day waiting period, meaning the agent change is official and negotiations with teams can – and will – commence immediately.
The Giants, interested earlier in the process, will be interested again, especially with DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal – two of the cornerbacks expected to compete for a starting job – unavailable for the season.
If the price comes down, as expected, the Giants will likely pounce. Head coach Joe Judge is well-aware of what Ryan brings to a defense, as the two were together for four years with the Patriots. Ryan was a starting cornerback on two Super Bowl-winning teams and, at 29, has not shown any downslide, from a durability standpoint. He signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Titans in 2017 and started 15, 14 and 16 games the past three years.
It is easy to see why adding Ryan is attractive to the Giants. They have only one proven cornerback, free-agent addition James Bradberry. Baker, a first-round pick in 2019, is on the exempt list and facing four armed robbery counts in Florida. Beal decided to opt-out for COVID-19 reasons. The depth chart is left with Grant Haley and Corey Ballentine off last season’s roster. The Giants thought they had a deal with veteran Ross Cockrell in mid-August but it fell through. The signings this summer of Prince Smith and Brandon Williams are not anywhere near the profile of bringing in a proven commodity such as Ryan.
Ryan, a 2013 third-round draft pick of the Patriots out of Rutgers, is no-risk as far as character issues. In a seven-year career he has played in 109 games, with 85 starts. He has 17 career interceptions and would instantly add experience and ability to a defensive backfield lacking in both.