SNY's Ralph Vacchiano is hearing from sources that while interest is certainly high on the Jets' end regarding free agent CB Logan Ryan -- as well as other teams having interest -- no formal offer has been made. Still, the Jets remain in touch with his agents.
The Jets have the cap space to sign Ryan, with OverTheCap estimating it's just under $15 million at the moment. According to Vacchiano, Ryan was seeking a short-term deal worth around $10 million per season, similar to his contract with the Tennessee Titans that was three years and $30 million. But being on the market so long lowers his price tag, so Douglas can scoop him up for a steal.
New York has already brought in Pierre Desir this offseason, but there is still some uncertainty at the corner position opposite him in Gregg Williams' defense. Bringing in Ryan would shore that spot right up, with some solid depth players in Bless Austin, Arthur Maulet, Nate Hairston and a fifth-round pick who could turn out to be a steal in Virginia's Bryce Hall.
Ryan is coming off his best season in the NFL, as offenses weren't afraid to target him with the Titans. He received 103 targets, but quarterbacks only saw an 88.7 passer rating over his 16 games. He also set a career-high in tackles (113), sacks (4.5), quarterback hits (8), and passes defended (18).
As you'd expect, though, 103 targets would lead to Ryan getting beat once or twice. He let up five touchdowns but he also had four interceptions and four forced fumbles to balance that out.
Ryan is also very accustomed to the AFC East, having played for the Patriots after getting drafted by New England in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. And he had two Super Bowl rings in his four years there.
If being a proven commodity in the league with a championship pedigree isn't enough, Ryan is also a New Jersey native. He grew up in Voorhees Township and played college ball at Rutgers.
It all makes sense, and it looks like the Jets agree. Now we have to see if it will come to fruition.