With one Patriots CB’s status up in the air, another Patriots CB will not be returning in 2017.
The Patriots drafted Logan Ryan in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft out of Rutgers. Ryan eventually played his way into the starting lineup in 2015 and 2016 where he was a critical member of the secondary. Ryan was a grinder, a player who competed his butt off despite lack of great speed in the NFL. Ryan got better with each year in New England and developed into a terrific #2 boundary CB in some match-ups and an elite slot CB in others. Ryan’s willingness to move to the slot in 3 CB personnel is what keyed the Patriots 2016 title run.
With two strong seasons, Ryan got his payday, a $10M APY contract from the Titans and former Patriots executive Jon Robinson. He’ll join former Rutgers teammate Jason McCourty in Tennessee. The compensatory pick the Patriots would have gotten for losing Ryan (3rd) will likely be cancelled out by signing Stephon Gilmore earlier today. The Patriots also signed safety Duron Harmon to a four-year deal. If Malcolm Butler is traded to the Saints for Brandin Cooks, the CB position could look a whole lot different in 2017.