The Tennessee Titans officially add Logan Ryan to the list of players with great leadership to leave the team this offseason.
The Tennessee Titans had a good defense last season, although things started to unravel a little bit after facing the Buccaneers and getting torched by Mike Evans. But for the most part, it was a fundamentally sound, well-coached defense.
A big part of that defense was Logan Ryan. Ryan had a career year with Tennessee in 2019 as earned a career-high in pass deflections with 18. He also marked a career-high in tackles with 113 combined on the season.
Ryan finally saw his career blossom in Tennessee. However, after three seasons, Ryan said farewell to Nashville on Twitter and Instagram.
Ryan’s departure is something many saw coming as the offseason moved along. The Titans began the offseason with their sights set on retaining quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Derrick Henry.
They also addressed other free agents, such as the versatile offensive tackle Dennis Kelly. The Tennessee Titans were interested in keeping Ryan around, but Logan Ryan’s price tag was reportedly set at $10M per season.
With a deep draft class at the defensive back position, it didn’t make too much sense for Tennessee to spend that kind of money on Ryan, who is 29 years old.
General Manager Jon Robinson made the smart financial decision to go younger and cheaper with Kristian Fulton, picking up Adoree Jackson’s option, and replacing Ryan’s veteran presence with Jonathan Joseph.
Ryan’s departure continues what has been a really tough offseason for Titans fans and the Titans locker room. Tennessee has now lost many of its leaders.
Along with losing Ryan, the Titans traded five-time Pro Bowler defensive lineman Jurrell Casey. He was sent to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 7th-round pick.
The Titans lost veteran linebacker Wesley Woodyard, tight end Delanie Walker, and running Dion Lewis to free agency. And the biggest loss, regarding age and talent, is tackle Jack Conklin, who opted to sign with the Cleveland Browns.
Tennessee Titans’ management is sending a message to their young players that it is time to step in and lead the team. Guys like Derrick Henry, Jayon Brown, and Kevin Byard will be expected to step up as team leaders.
Meanwhile, Kristian Fulton has big shoes to fill as he will don number 26 in two-toned blue, replacing Logan Ryan.