Logan Ryan inks three-year deal with Titans
Logan Ryan is leaving New England and heading to Tennessee.
The former Patriots cornerback, who became expendable after news broke that the Pats are expected to land former Bills CB Stephon Gilmore in free agency, has agreed to terms with the Titans. Ryan is signing a three-year deal worth $30 million with Tennessee, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation.
“I have a history with Logan (Ryan) there in my time with New England,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said in a team statement. “He is a really smart football player that played a lot of different roles cheap jerseys with the Patriots. He played outside corner and inside corner. He is an aggressive tackler, good run support player and savvy coverage player that has a knack at the top of the route and end of the route.
“He will be a nice addition to the secondary with all those guys we have coming back. I’m looking forward to him coming in and being a veteran guy and stepping up as a leader in the secondary and provide some good play for us.”
The team on Thursday signed the veteran backup quarterback to a two-year extension worth $5.25 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the signing. The 34-year-old quarterback will get $2.75 million of the deal in 2017, Rapoport added.
Rapoport called the move a “priority” for Tennessee and wholesale jerseys at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Cassel saw action in four games last season, completing 30-of-51 passes for 284 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of picks. His role became pivotal after starter Marcus Mariota fractured his fibula in late December.
Cassel oversaw a 38-17 loss to Jacksonville in Week 16 before engineering a 24-17 win over Houston in the regular-season finale. He’s hardly an inspiring option behind Mariota, but his familiarity with the offense is a plus. It’s possible that Cassel will be needed to run the show for much of the offseason while the Titans wait on Mariota to heal.
Like Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who suffered a similar injury at almost the same exact time, the minutiae of spring recovery is meaningless. The fact that Mariota is not jogging full-steam right now will mean nothing if he shows up to training camp with his ability and china jerseys to navigate the pocket complete intact.
For younger players suffering one of their first severe injuries, ignoring the rehab checkpoints can be difficult. Especially for someone like Mariota, who is vital to the success of Tennessee’s next-gen offense, which relies partially on the fear caused by Mariota’s legs.
In the meantime, he can happily rest knowing the Titans loaded up on pass catchers in the draft. General manager Jon Robinson selected Corey Davis with the No. 5 overall pick, Taywan Taylor at No. 72 and Jonnu Smith at No. 100.
“Yeah I was very excited,” Mariota said. “It’s gonna be fun to be able to play with those guys. They gotta come in and work right away. But I think we have a good core group of veteran guys to help these guys out, and hopefully they’ll make an impact for us.”
Anything that lightens the load of a franchise quarterback in recovery is a good thing.