The Cleveland Browns have interest in Logan Ryan
The Cleveland Browns were dealt a crucial blow last week when rookie safety Grant Delpit was lost for the season with a torn achilies tendon. Delpit, a second-round pick, was expected to win the starting job and be a contributor from day one.
Safety already wasn’t a deep position for Cleveland and this leaves them with very limited options on their roster which means they will have to look else where to fill the void. If they kept their current roster second-year safety Sheldrick Redwine would likely be the starter.
Redwine saw limited playing time in 2019 although
Malik Hooker of the Indianapolis Colts has been mentioned in a potential trade. Hooker is in the last year of his rookie and has had problems staying healthy.
A more proven option is free agent safety Logan Ryan. He won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and spent the last three years with the Tennessee Titans. The Browns have expressed interest in the veteran according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
Ryan will be 29 this season but he’s not slowing down, he had a career-high 113 tackles last season. He has missed very few games playing in all 16 games in five of his seven seasons.
He started his career as a cornerback so he has the ability to cover and can play in the box to help stop the run. He would also add veteran leadership as someone who has won multiple championships.
His asking price shouldn’t be too high because he has gone unsigned this long but veteran players have been known to sign with a team at or near the end of training camp to dodge all of those hot summer practices.
There is good reason to believe Ryan will choose a team soon, Ian Rappaport of NFL.com reported that Ryan signed one of the best agents Joel Segal. Rappaport also reported that Ryan is “poised to do a deal.”
If he chooses Cleveland he could be the leader in the secondary and fill a huge hole left by Delpit’s injury. They have several other problems on defense but Ryan is a quick fix and probably a cheap one as well. Seems like a low risk, high reward situation.