There is a lot still to be done for the Buccaneers before the start of the season. Fortunately for them, they have had a pretty good offseason to this point. Naturally, the two biggest moves being the acquisition of two former Patriots in quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski. So, why not take a look at yet another former Patriot in cornerback Logan Ryan?
The Bucs bolstered their secondary in the draft with the selection of Antoine Winfield Jr. in the second round. However, a more veteran presence in that group, specifically the cornerbacks is necessary. Especially for a team with Super Bowl aspirations such as the Buccaneers.
Of course, Ryan was drafted by the Patriots in 2013. In four seasons with the Patriots, Ryan appeared in three Super Bowls, winning two, and accumulated 13 interceptions and 41 passes defended. He didn’t miss a single game in his time in New England. The former Rutgers product spent that last three seasons in Tennesse, playing in 45 of 48 possible games. In his final regular season with the Titans, Ryan snagged four interceptions and added a pick-six in the playoffs in what turned out to be Brady’s final pass attempt as a Patriot.
Logan Ryan Career Stats
Naturally, money is the biggest obstacle. That is assuming Ryan is eager to join a contender and the Bucs certainly fit that bill. Now, the cost of the Bucs draft class (roughly $7.74 million) brings Tampa’s available cap space to $3.75 million according to Spotrac. Last season, Ryan completed his three-year contract with the Titans that paid him $30 million. He would have to take significantly less on perhaps a one-year deal but the opportunity to play for another Super Bowl may be enough to make it work.
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The group of Carlton Davis, M.J. Stewart, Jamel Dean, and Sean Murphy-Bunting collectively have six years of NFL experience and none in the playoffs. Ryan’s seven seasons, including several deep playoff runs, would help to sure up the weakest group on this Bucs team.