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Logan Ryan signing: New York Giants agree to deal with veteran defensive back

Giants get help in an area where they really needed it

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Veteran defensive back Logan Ryan is signing with the New York Giants, something he announced himself via Twitter.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Giants and the 29-year-old Ryan have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal.

Ryan to the Giants has made sense since the offseason began. Since before DeAndre Baker got charged with a slew of felonies and landed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. Since before COVID-19 caused Sam Beal to opt out. Since before rookie safety Xavier McKinney, now shelved with a broken foot, was even drafted.

Ryan is a seven-year veteran who spent the first four of those seasons with the New England Patriots, where Giants head coach Joe Judge was the special teams coach. Ryan is a Berlin, N.J. native, which also made the Giants attractive to him.

The issue has always seemed to be price, and a recent switch by Ryan in agent representation seemed to spur action on getting him into uniform now.

Ryan could play boundary corner, where he would probably overtake Corey Ballentine as the starter. He could play in the slot, something he has done a considerable amount of throughout his career. He could play safety, something he has expressed an interest in at this point in his career. At safety, he could team with Jabrill Peppers and Julian Love to give the Giants a versatile back of the defense trio while McKinney recuperates.

Ryan tweeted “can’t wait to get started” on his timeline in response to fans congratulating him on the deal.

Ryan spent the last three seasons with the Tennessee Titans. Here is what Jimmy Morris of SB Nation’s Music City Miracles, which covers the Titans, told us about Ryan back in March:

“Ryan is probably getting close to the point in his career where it makes sense for him to move to safety. He has been open about that being a possibility for him. He has lost a step but at this point is still able to play well because of how smart of a player he is. The Titans did a lot with him last year, including sending him on a blitz pretty often. He’s really good at that! There is no doubt that he would be an excellent mentor for young corners. The defensive back room has been one of the strongest on the Titans over the last couple of years and that is due in large part to Ryan’s leadership.

“Someone will get a very valuable asset on and off the field with him.”

That asset now belongs to the Giants.