The Eagles Need to Sign Logan Ryan
After what I would say was a pretty eventful and successful draft for Howie Roseman and the Eagles, it doesn’t seem like they’re done adding to the roster.
Howie Roseman says the Eagles aren’t done making personnel moves just because free agency and the NFL Draft are over.
— Brandon Lee Gowton: Quarterback Factory (@BrandonGowton) April 26, 2020
Today is a key day in the NFL offseason for teams adding free agents. Under the new CBA, any player signed after 4 PM today won’t count against the compensatory pick formula. Notable free agents such as Jadeveon Clowney, Logan Ryan, and Cam Newton could be signed without costing a draft pick. With around 23 million left in cap space, the Eagles can easily sign a high caliber free agent that can make an impact. One position, the Eagles didn’t address in the Draft was cornerback, and there happens to be one notable free-agent cornerback available.
Back in January, Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline revealed that Logan Ryan would be in play for the Eagles.
In your Senior Bowl rumors column, you mentioned that the Philadelphia Eagles are likely to go after a big named cornerback. In your opinion, who will the best available cornerback in free agency?
“At this point, I don’t know who will be the best at the position. But I can tell you this – several people tell me Logan Ryan will be in play for the Eagles and it makes sense. He grew up right outside of Philadelphia, he’d be a terrific fit from a scheme and personality point of view and he may be slightly less expensive than Byron Jones.”
Just turning 29 in February, Logan Ryan still has a couple of good years left in him. In fact, one of his best seasons came last year with the Tennesee Titans. A New Jersey native, Ryan would be close to home if he signed with the Eagles. Ryan had four interceptions and a career-high of 4.5 sacks, 113 combined tackles, and 8 QB hits. I feel like it should be a no brainer to bring him in. He won’t be a long term solution, but right now he’s an above-average starting cornerback. Imagine going from Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby as your starting corners to Darius Slay and Logan Ryan. In an already revamped secondary, Logan Ryan would take it to the next level. If Darius Slay would get hurt and had to miss a couple of games, I would feel more comfortable with Logan Ryan sliding to the number one corner spot instead of Avonte Maddox. Now I know Jalen Mills could move back there if needed, but I want him to stay at safety as much as he can. I feel that Mills is a natural safety, and that’s what he was coming out of LSU.
With Malcolm Jenkins’s departure, Logan Ryan would also bring a needed veteran presence to the secondary along with Darius Slay. At 5’11”, Ryan also brings some height to the secondary and would be a nice fit with Darius Slay, who stands at 6’0″. Rasul Douglas could be an option to play on the other side of Slay, standing at 6’2″. However, it looks like his time is up, as the Eagles are actively shopping him. The Eagles have to face the Cowboys twice a year, and now that they added CeeDee Lamb to their stacked wide receiver room, the Eagles secondary has to be prepared. If I was Howie Roseman, I would definitely look into how much Logan Ryan is asking for. If it’s a fair price, I would pull the trigger.