If the Cleveland Browns want a new safety, Logan Ryan could help
Losing Grant Delpit to a torn Achilles was a terrible blow for the Cleveland Browns defense. They were expecting the second-round pick from LSU to start at free safety opposite Karl Joseph — who is still working his way back from foot surgery in the offseason.
With Delpiut out, they will be leaning heavily on veteran Andrew Sendejo, as well as second-year player Sheldrick Redwine. Sendejo comes in with plenty of years of experience in the NFL whereas Redwine was raw as a rookie but has been having a phenomenal camp.
Even with those two available, the depth in the Cleveland secondary could be an issue. Defensive coordinator Joe Woods likes to utilize three safeties in his defense which means the Browns could still look to add some help.
If they do, one name that could be considered is Logan Ryan, the former Tennessee Titans cornerback who is expected to make the move to safety full time.
Could the Browns be interested in Ryan?
Recently, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com spoke on the Browns possible interest in Ryan and said that the team was likely to have already asked about the price demands for the defensive back. She also says that his asking price could deter them, especially with some younger players coming up for new contracts soon.
"“With Grant Delpit suffering the season-ending Achilles, I’m sure the Browns have already inquired about Ryan, who wants to convert from cornerback to safety. The problem with Ryan is that he’s looking for about $10 million a year, the same average he made with the Titans over the past three seasons as a starting cornerback. If he makes the switch to safety, he’ll have the versatility the Browns need, but they’d have to decide if they want to shell out that much with big paydays coming up for Mayfield, Ward and Chubb.” — Cabot, Cleveland.com"
While everything Cabot says about the team needing to save money for the future is true, recent events might have made them more agreeable to looking for help. Not only have they lost Delpit but Greedy Williams and Kevin Johnson have both been out with injuries and there’s no timetable for when they will return.
Cabot does point this out as well, but still believes the asking price for Ryan would need to come down before Cleveland should be interested in him.
The good news is, they’ve had such strong results from Redwine that they might not need to do anything drastic. Rolling with the depth they have is probably the best bet and if they look to add any pieces, it will likely be through the waiver wire when teams make their final roster cuts.