Report: Titans Sign CB Logan Ryan

ESPN Insider Adam Caplan reports the Tennesee Titans have signed CB Logan Ryan.

The Steelers have reportedly had strong interest in Ryan, coming off a great year with the New England Patriots, but lost out on another corner. Starting 13 games for the Pats a year ago, he picked off a pair of passes, forced a fumble, and had the fourth most tackles against the run than any CB in the league, let alone any available free agent.

Pittsburgh seems to be switching tactics to lower-tier and of course, cheaper, cornerbacks. They’ve been linked to Brandon Flowers and Marcus Cooper over the course of the day.

Signing Ryan will make Dick LeBeau a happy man and Steelers fans, well, a little sad.

Update: Ryan reportedly signed for $10 million per year. So it’s no surprise to see the Steelers bow out.

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  • heath miller

    another one bits the dust

  • heath miller

    well i guess dick LeBeau dicked us… again … getting to be slim pickens .. ravens are signing .. pats signing… titans signing .. oh yeah we got landry today … YAWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

  • Spencer Krick

    We didn’t really have 10mil a year to blow on a CB.

  • AndyR34

    Actually, we did. But, as usual, we weren’t serious.

  • steelburg

    If he is a good player that likely would have put the defensive over the top it isn’t blowing money. Not to mention he would have gave them a small edge over the team that just smacked us in the AFC championship game.

  • Spencer Krick

    ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • srdan

    Meh I don’t mind. We need a corner but I’d rather keep Timmons And get a corner. At 10mm per you can’t do that

  • Shane Mitchell

    That sucks, should have just signed him, Ross Cockrell will probably take over 7m+ to resign next year as a starting outside corner in the NFL, most sites have him rated as a top 10 CB available in free agency right now some have him rated higher then kirkpatrick and he signed for 10.5m a year.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Thats going to be the going rate for a starting CB very soon, like by next season when we will need to resign one of our own.

  • Spencer Krick

    It would be a gamble. Tuitt could hit FA and you wouldn’t have Timmons.

  • steelburg

    This team needs a veteran man to man CB who can start day 1. It would have been nice to have had a guy like Ryan to fill that role, and hey he happens to have inside info on the Patriots he was the perfect fit and they let him get away.

  • Jason Vancil

    LOL. 10 million per? That’s silly. It’s Logan Ryan guys. Relax.

  • T3xassteelers

    UGH WHY 🙁 He’d have been perfect for us. Great tackler, versatile, ball skills, can cover…

    Ryan > Timmons and whoever else they get

  • gdeuce

    Logan Ryan will not put any defense over the top

  • gdeuce

    don’t forget about David Johnson

  • T3xassteelers

    I don’t agree with this, Timmons is nice but IMO what Ryan could bring is much greater than what Timmons and a low-end CB signing would bring

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah… Titans had the money.. Still frustrating though!

  • JB Burgess

    I guess Ben will rerire. Colbert and co. are scrapping the barrel for trash players on the cheap.

  • T3xassteelers

    Sorry, but I think Ryan can be a top 10 CB, he’s a beast and everything we need in a CB

  • Gerald Brown

    Uggggghhhh!

  • WeWantDaTruth

    The Steelers will draft a CB fairly high, and then sign a player that gets cut during training camp. That is how they got Cockrell.

  • T3xassteelers

    Can we please go after Captain now? He’d be a beast in the slot..

  • Shane Mitchell

    Guess we will trade a damn pick for a guy that is injured or about to be cut now.

  • srdan

    EI like what Timmons brings and doesn’t miss games. It’s not sexy like a free agent cb, but I prefer the steady approach. We are talking about a team that made the afccg no need to mess around a whole lot. PLus the draft is loaded. You could do draft a corner with the comp pick who would have been a second rounder last year

  • Shane Mitchell

    Even an Average starting CB in his prime is going to cost 7+ m to sign next year thats the market, CBs are expensive, WRs are expensive, QBs are very very expensive. Its a passing league.

  • RickM

    Or sign a guy with multiple concussions last year (Flowers) so Green can have some company in protocol. Being ex-Chargers, they’ll have lots to talk about.

  • steelburg

    I agree not on his own. But if the defense predominantly stayed healthy and we got good production from Golson this team is knocking at the door of another Super Bowl appearance. With Ryan they would have had the pieces to match up with the Patriots with Burns, Ryan, and Golson.

  • RickM

    I hate the Ravens, but somehow they had the creativity – with a supposedly worse salary cap situation – to re-sign Williams and sign Jefferson and Woodhead. Is there no way we could have been creative and signed this guy?

  • steelburg

    I would pass on Timmons to bring a guy like Ryan in.

  • steelburg

    I agree 100 percent, I think he would have made a huge difference. Look on the bright side the Titans will likely release Brice McCain now and we and give him the left over money.

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah, that’s true it’s just so far away and I wanted to get excited about something! I just think we’re so close now, and Ben is almost done and the closest thing to winning would be a guy that already has experience rather than a rookie with no experience

  • RickM

    Lol, yuck. I don’t know the best way to put some funds together, but names like Hubbard, Cockrell, Moats, etc. are floating around in my head. We have some salary cap space. We get creative releasing a few guys who are less important and we can get at least half of the $10 M needed. Oh well, we don’t make bold moves like that.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I shouldnt have got my hopes up, checking all day to see if we signed him, now I am mad and wont sleep a wink………I would love to know how much we actually offered him 2.5 million a year or something….what a joke…….why even show any interest if we arent going to be willing to pay market price for a guy.

  • Spencer Krick

    Can’t rely on Golson, he’s a big ol’ question mark. I think you’d be better off drafting a CB in the first 3 rounds and signing one of these mid grade FA’s.

    This team IS really close to a championship, but I don’t think Logan Ryan was the only piece that can complete the puzzle.

  • steelburg

    Yep your right. I’m still holding out hope for Amukamara, and if that fails Cooper and Webster are my back up plans.

  • RickM

    Prince’s injury history troubles me. He can definitely play when healthy.

  • steelburg

    People keep saying that about Golson but I honestly think he will hit the ground running just like Spence did when he came back from a more severe injury.

  • Spencer Krick

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for the guy but they said that last year.

  • AndyR34

    Might as well retire…no closer to 7 than two years ago.

  • AndyR34

    And this will do what to get us closer to #7?

  • steelburg

    I agree. A similar deal like what he signed last year 1 th year 5 million or something I would be ok with. But if all the options I listed above fail I think they should call Revis. Even out of shape I think he was still on a similar level as Cockrell.

  • WreckIess

    There’s no way in hell I’d pay Logan Ryan 10 mil a year nor would I expect their cheap asses to pay an outside free agent that much so it what it is. Grab Cooper, Hodges, and their regular bottom of the barrel guys and get ready for draft day. I’d be content with that.

  • RickM

    I honestly think we may be the only team in the NFL that has not: either signed a new FA or has one coming in for a visit.

  • AndyR34

    They are bodies, but how are they going to improve our defense?

  • Shane Mitchell

    You not what will be even worse in a few weeks it will come out that we never even had an interest in this guy and it was some agent feeding false info to the media.

  • AndyR34

    Right…and Spence was an important piece in our march to #7…oh wait! We didn’t get there.

  • AndyR34

    Why spend the money on the Blakes and McCains of the NFL…just add some nondescript UDFA’s.

  • LucasY59

    the Campbell and Williams deals signed today make me think Tuitt is going to cost over 11 mil /yr (and waiting a yr could make it closer to the 15 per that Calais got with the Jags)

  • AndyR34

    What a surprise! But at least we have apparently had some ‘interest’ in a few guys…interest=phone call.

  • RickM

    I am trying to wrap my head around something that feels like the twilight zone to me. We go through such a difficult time with Green and now wonder if he can overcome his concussions.

    Please explain to me how – knowing all about Green – we have chosen to contact the agent of another San Diego player (Brandon Flowers) who suffered two concussions, missing 10 games in 2016. How is it even possible that we would consider the guy? I’m just baffled why they may want to set themselves up with exactly the same problem, recurring concussions.

  • AndyR34

    Maybe he will sign for a dollar?

  • will

    Based on what??

  • RickM

    Well for $1 I guess we can risk it.

  • Shane Mitchell

    As long as we offer half of it in a signing bonus so we can spread it out for 5 or 6 years.

  • RickM

    We know the ballpark figure for these guys. If we know we’re only going to spend half of that tops, the phone calls are just P.R. moves.

  • steelersfan

    These contracts are ridiculous. Can’t blame the Steelers for going the conventional route. Let’s hope it pays off

  • LucasY59

    There are still some CBs out there the problem is the CB market is a bit richer than the Steelers will want to pay, They seemed Very interested in bringing a CB in so I think it will happen (Im just not sure who)

    will see I think a guy like Webster or Munnerlyn could be good depth/push for snaps on D, but they have to be cheaper than 5 mil a yr (ideally a slot would be under 4, but again FA is getting ridiculous) Other slot possibilities:
    Robey-Coleman (dont like how undersized he is, but he is a Street FA which should make him cheap and not factor against any comp pick the Steelers might get)
    Hayden (would be a 1st rd bust reclamation project, not sure if it would work, but would probably be cheap)

    the Outside guys still available like Amukamara or Cooper could be good signings as well (and again should be no more than the 5 mil which seems to be the limit for the Steelers FO, and honestly giving them more than that is overpaying IMO, so its not just them being cheap) other outside possibilities:
    Claiborne (a little worried about injuries with him, and he might be out of the Steelers price range, similar thoughts with Prince)
    Gilbert (they seemed to have moved on from him, but they might be able to get him back for a cheaper unguaranteed deal, and he can at least be depth through camp)
    House (was beat out for snaps by Amukamara, but was good the yr before, should be cheap)
    Verner (another guy that would need to come in on a non guaranteed prove it type deal, but he might want more than that)

    The Steelers usually dont sign outside FAs over 30 and for the most part I would avoid them as well, but there are some recognizable names available
    Revis (big name, probably = big cost, and he looked really bad last yr)
    Flowers (they didnt get him a few yrs ago and it looks like that was a good thing)
    Carr (biggest knock against him is he is 31)
    McCain (2 (unimpressive) yrs with 2 teams since he left means they shouldnt bring him back)
    Shields (isnt actually over 30 (but is close) and the bigger concern is if he will ever play football again, another concussion guy, that might be worse than Flowers (or Green) Packers didnt seem to think he will recover so its pretty doubful)
    Lewis (Keenan didnt play last season, so its doubtful he comes back this yr, especially since he is over the 30 yr mark)

  • LucasY59

    everyone is expensive when teams like the Jags, clowns and anyone else who has some cap space will pay stupid amounts to players their own team didnt want to pay to keep, FA is a joke, as frustrating as it is that the Steelers seem to be non existent this time of yr, I do think it is the wise way to operate

  • LucasY59

    he wouldve been a good add, but the Titans overpaid (which is the norm for FA) not worth more than 8mil IMO (and even 8 was probably out of the Steelers price range)

  • steelersfan

    Not sure if you’re joking but we’re definitely closer than we were two years ago…two years ago we didn’t have Burns, Davis, Hargrave, or Dupree. Shazier and Tuitt were pretty young. Have to project that the players listed will only get better next season. Doesn’t mean we can’t use another pass rusher and corner though. Heck if it wasn’t for New England I’d feel very good about our chances.

  • steelersfan

    trade a pick for a guy who tomlin refuses to play for a mysterious reason that never gets answered.

  • steelersfan

    The Ravens do a good job. If they had a better QB they’d be right where we are. They use free agency the way we all wish the Steelers would and also have success in the draft. At the same time, while frustrated the Steelers aren’t signing anyone exciting, I do have an issue with the amount of money being thrown out at these outside players who you really don’t know what you have until they play for you. Something not right about that.

  • gdeuce

    the problem when playing the patriots is not executing on both sides of the ball

  • steelersfan

    Ironically, this signing has calmed me down a little….There is no way we can sign someone for 10 mill /year and hope to keep Bell and Shazier and Tuitt…We know for sure all these guys are studs in our system. Who knows what an unknown will bring. It’s like bringing a stranger into your home and paying him 10 mill/year. Give that money to a player you’re comfortable with. Think something like 8 free agents from all the 100+ FA signings last year made the pro bowl. There’s a reason for that. Was really hopeful we would do something this year and was at my computer all day but this type of signing was never going to happen at this price.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Spence is the exception, not the rule.

  • Jimbo

    Here they went Steelers..Mid range Cheap..coming soon…

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Can you retire from the site?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Hopefully we can hit the draft magic button again. 10mil a year is alot tho and it’s weird that NE spent on Gilmore and not the guy they think so highly of. Makes you wonder. It’s that Patriots suspicion I have, I guess. Good night/morning.

  • Darth Blount 47

    *NO COMMENT*

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Tomlin had reasons. Gilbert wasn’t good. Boykin wasn’t good either despite the mass hysteria.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    You commented to say no comment. Meh.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Agreed

  • Ryan Alderman

    Lots of ifs there…

  • Ryan Alderman

    Hope you’re right.

  • Ryan Alderman

    We could have signed him at that, too, but a team what expense? Agree, Steelers made good move by abstaining.

  • Randy

    Don’t worry guys Valentino is still available. Must be the missing piece

  • Randy

    As long we play 10 yards away from the receiver there is no way we can beat the Patriots if we have to go
    Through them. So we need a very good CB with man to man coverage skills

  • Randy

    Draft is great but with ben timing is winding down there is no time to develop. We need pieces in defense now

  • steelburg

    Your missing the point but that’s okay. I will help you out, if you have enough positive contributors amongst other things on a team the end result is a a championship. Obviously we didn’t have that when he was here but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t an positive contributor in the 2 years he was actually on the field.

  • steelcityinny

    This is why Steelers will continue to be runner ups. They just don’t put enough value on a shutdown press corner. Now, I am not saying Logan Ryan was worth that kind of money, but if they want to win another Lombardi, they are going to have to have at least one elite corner, and I don’t think Artie Burns will be elite. They are going to have to pay for one, and they need to get it through their heads that and elite CB is a must in today’s NFL.

  • steelburg

    Spence had a way more serious injury. But I can’t wait for him to prove you all wrong.

  • VaDave

    And think about Ryan’s role in the LeBeau defense. Ryan will be playing 10 yards of the LOS allowing 4-5 yards a pop. $10 mill a year for that?

  • Darth Blount 47

    NO COMMENT

  • Brian Miller

    Gilbert I agree, but sorry, Boykin was good, and better than what we were throwing put there.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    You see, Alex, this is exactly what I expected to happen. The Steelers try to get a bargain from the people who don’t have to give one, and then drop down to lower tier help.

    While no one is suggesting they become Daniel Snyder-esque, seeing how the Broncos added a couple of key pieces and won the SB, sometimes you have to spend some money.

    The window isn’t particularly wide and the team needs only a couple of key parts. Adding a rookie CB likely doesn’t help much for THIS season.

  • AndyR34

    I will disagree slightly. Your point about positive contributors is not incorrect, but almost all of the players on the 53 are positive contributors. Otherwise they wouldn’t be there. The problem is…are your positive contributors better than the other teams positive contributors. We have not been that for at least 8 years. And regarding Golson…he hasn’t played anything meaningful in over 2 years and I don’t think that even the FO is expecting anything from him. He is still on his rookie deal, still relatively cheap…and maybe will prove me wrong. But IMHO, relying on Golson to improve our D is folly of the highest order.

  • Steeler-Drew

    I would throw in Johnson and L. Jones to that list. Was it really necessary to sign these players this early. They were never seriously players in this top CB market knowing how much these guys would probably go for and how much they would have left signing or retaining these low level players.

  • ATL96STEELER

    It’s interesting to know that PIT is not sitting on their hands during FA, but based $10m per, this was never going to happen.

    Parity at work…of course it doesn’t always work out this way, but generally speaking a perennial .500 or below team should have more cap money to spend…if they got out bid by NE, DEN or KC…I would feel more upset.

  • gdeuce

    it really is puzzling, unless they plan to use him exclusively in man coverage

  • VaDave

    My indelible memory of LeBeau using man to man coverage was in SB 43, with Taylor in man on Fitzgerald, who took it to the house.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    the fact that boykinw as better than what we had at the time doesnt mean he was good. rewatch that denver game. he wasnt really doing much.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    spence cant prove mw rong. iw as one of the only people rooting for him. I have been one of the very few who have never wavered from rooting for:
    spence
    dangerfield
    mccullers
    nate washington
    keenan lewis
    lj fort

  • SilverSteel

    This was what I was afraid of after the AB signing. No money left to play with. We could have been a great D this year with Ryan. Back to mediocrity I guess to save a few million. I feel for Ben more than anything. We have mis managed this offseason big time. Letting Gilbert go – now no depth. Cockrell still out there. No Timmons. No money left to sign Ryan. This is depressing. And the Pats just keep getting better cause they know when to spend the coin. I am a die hard fan but our coaching and management leaves something to be desired.

  • SilverSteel

    We could have easily signed him if AB didn’t break the damn bank!

  • SilverSteel

    If we are really in a “win now” mentality. This was the signing to get,

  • SilverSteel

    Nothing….absolutely nothing…

  • SilverSteel

    But the ugly truth is the Pats are not going anywhere for awhile. We need to consider that fact if we want to win a SB again.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’ve already had to hide the sharp objects in my house. Honestly, I have no clue how in the world wouldn’t couldn’t convince 1, just 1 of the more elite talents to come here for a decent enough price. Every single one of them are taking the money and running. Not that I blame them, it’s just sad and disappointing like you said. I can’t remember the last time we actually had this much cap space. I know we still need to do a Tuitt deal and likely give Villy some more cash. But my goodness, can’t we catch a break just one time? This bottom feeding stuff is getting older than a stinky catfish.

  • SilverSteel

    Timmons is gone bro… A rookie CB aint gonna save us…

  • SilverSteel

    I bet BB would have taken a pay cut restructure to get a decent secondary. Its like we don’t even try to get creative anymore. And now timmons is gone. Say hello to a rebuilding season…..again. We were so close – 1 signing away. That is why I was so pissed about hanging Cockrell out there and releasing Gilbert. Foolish moves this early. No depth if things go wrong – heck, and no starters too.

  • SilverSteel

    Are we becoming the Browns??. I have never seen this kind of mis management in an off season – never. Nonsensical moves on the cusp of a championship. I am starting to question our coaching and FO big time.

  • Darth Blount 47

    It’s a bit perplexing given our cap space being more than we’ve had in quite some time.

  • Darth Blount 47

    We HAVE to go 2 CB’s and 2 OLB’s and 1 ILB in this draft .. IMO.