Earlier this month, it was reported that the New York Jets were talking to free-agent cornerback Logan Ryan. But two days later, Ryan said on NFL Network that although potentially signing with the Jets “makes sense,he was “completely open for business.
Two weeks later, that open-for-business sign is still plastered in his virtual storefront window. Shortly afterward, it was reported by the Miami Herald that Ryan’s asking price was in the neighborhood of $10 million per year, which likely explains why he still is unsigned as June quickly approaches. That is a lot of money for somebody who is a slot cornerback at this stage of his NFL career.
Besides, New York already spent money on a slot corner this off-season, re-signing Brian Poole to a one-year deal with $4.5 million in guaranteed money. Unless the Jets want to try to trade Poole, that would mean they either will have to use Ryan on the outside if they signed him, or perhaps convert him to safety.
Consider that Ryan ran a 4.56 in the 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Combine. It is quite doubtful that the passage of seven years has made him faster; thus, paying him big money to play outside corner wouldn’t make much sense.
If Ryan is not in the Jets’ plans, they have several options to fill the outside corner spot opposite Pierre Desir, who seems penciled in to start after being signed in March one day after being cut by the Indianapolis Colts. Desir has a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $3.25 million.