NASHVILLE — Corner Logan Ryan announced that his career would continue elsewhere last week on social media after three impactful years with the Tennessee Titans. Ryan said a return to Nashville never really materialized despite his career year on the Double Coverage podcast with Devin and Jason McCourty.
In reality, an extension for Tennessee’s arguably most versatile defensive player in 2019 was never really on the table.
“It is a real business,” Ryan said of his second venture into free agency. “This time is a little different because, you know, kind of to get through it, Tennessee never really offered me a contract. They never really talked extension, we never really talked in free agency. They never really tried to bring me back.”
The veteran defensive back added that there were conversations between he and the Titans about the team “monitoring the market” but nothing concrete ever came to fruition.
My chapter in Tennessee has come to a close.
To the @Titans fans: Thank you for all the love. The energy and support this past season is what led to an epic run.
— Logan Ryan (@RealLoganRyan) May 5, 2020
This revelation surprises no one who monitored the situation between Ryan and Tennessee closely. Ryan, 29, never shied away from the fact that he understood what his value might be on the open market. Reports of the corner’s lack of interest in playing for less than his 2019 salary of $10.6 million made it an easy decision for general manager Jon Robinson to make. The Titans drafted corner Kristian Fulton in the second round of April’s (virtual) NFL Draft and assigned him Ryan’s jersey No. 26.
In professional football, the cheaper option almost always wins out.
What Ryan did in coming to Nashville, though, helped galvanize a franchise that was languishing prior to his arrival. A key piece in two Tennessee playoff runs during his three-year stint, Ryan amassed 251 tackles, 10 TFLs, 13 QB hits, 4 interceptions (all in 2019), 37 passes defensed, 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles over that span. In his contract year coming off of a broken leg, the former New England Patriot accounted for the best statistical performance of his career.
“I never thought I was the guy that would play for three or four franchises. I wanted to have the Devin McCourty career. I wanted to do everything well, play right, be rewarded and just keep it moving. But, you realize how rare that is.”
Ryan’s legacy as a Titan will be fondly remembered by fans, teammates and the community that he did so right by. Banking on Ryan’s best years being behind him, however, was always the more financially viable option.
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