The Patriots’ signing of Stephon Gilmore on Thursday signaled the end of Logan Ryan’s tenure in New England. The four-year veteran cornerback moved on quickly, signing a three-year, $30 million deal with the Tennessee Titans late Thursday night, according to a league source.
While not a shutdown corner, Ryan, who turned 26 last month, was a solid No. 2 cornerback and a great tackler, leading the Patriots with 92 tackles in 2016.
Ryan played in all 64 games in his four seasons with the Patriots, and had 13 interceptions, 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 41 passes defended in 40 starts.
He was a role player in the Patriots’ 2014 Super Bowl run, but was a significant factor in the Patriots’ 2016 championship, starting 16 of 19 games and playing in 88 percent of the snaps for the season.
The Titans were viewed as an obvious landing spot for Ryan from the start. Titans general manager Jon Robinson was a member of the Patriots’ scouting department and front office from 2002-13, and Robinson was still the Patriots’ director of college scouting in 2013 when Ryan was drafted with a third-round pick out of Rutgers.
The Titans are also a potential landing spot for free agent linebacker Dont’a Hightower, whom Robinson helped draft for the Patriots in 2012.
The Patriots could be undergoing more changes in the secondary. In addition to swapping Gilmore for Ryan, star cornerback Malcolm Butler is reported to be part of trade talks involving Saints cornerback Brandin Cooks.
Eric Rowe, Cyrus Jones, Jonathan Jones, and Justin Coleman are the other cornerbacks under contract for the Patriots for 2017.
The Patriots did re-sign safety Duron Harmon, Ryan’s teammate at Rutgers and for four years in New England, to a four-year, $17 million deal on Thursday.
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