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The Detroit Lions missed out on Logan Ryan: Here’s why

  • Detroit Lions
  • Logan Ryan
  • Matt Patricia
  • New England Patroits
By RussellJakubowski September 5, 2020 0 Comment
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The Detroit Lions needed Logan Ryan. Ryan would’ve been a staple in the secondary and boost the Lions to a top three secondary in the league.

The Detroit Lions spent this off-season retooling their defense. A Logan Ryan addition would have created a three-headed monster of himself, Desmond Trufant, and Jeffrey Okudah at cornerback. In the 2020 off-season they added multiple New England Patriots defenders. If they added former Patriots and Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan, his addition would’ve pushed this defense to the upper tier of the NFC. Logan Ryan solidified another veteran in a young defensive back room and he would’ve taken the field as a starting cornerback day one. Ryan decided to sign with the New York Giants

Financials

First, The Detroit Lions would of needed to compensate Logan Ryan and cap space is not a problem. The Detroit Lions are projected to have $21,532,347 in available cap, Logan Ryan needs around seven to eight million dollars for one year to sign. In other words, Logan Ryan to Detroit was a perfect financial situation.

Detroit perspective

Logan Ryan could’ve benefited from entering a familiar setting. In the past, Ryan played for Matt Patrica’s New England defense and those two have spent four seasons together. Matt Patricia had the benefit of knowing how to use him to get the most out of him. He started in two of Patricia’s Super Bowl contending defenses. His versatility could have been on display at corner and safety, it would’ve helped patch holes in a safety group that lacks a true star.

Logan Ryan is a play-maker who would’ve started day one for the Detroit Lions. His five interceptions last season would lead the team and cemented him as the best turnover creator on the roster. The Lions finished tied for last in interceptions last season, Ryan had more than half of the team. Ryan forced four fumbles, which was better than both the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers entire teams. To conclude, Ryan could’ve been a play-maker for the defense if Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia were aggressive enough.

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