Cornerback will be a hot topic this offseason for the Eagles and fans. Since Andy Reid left for Kansas City, corner and really the secondary in general has lacked consistent talent. From the Chip Kelly secondary of Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher to the now Doug Pederson era of Jalen Mills and company, the secondary has been shakey at best.
The Eagles are expected to be players in the cornerback market when free agency kicks off in March. The three biggest names that are expected to be available are Broncos Pro Bowler Chris Harris Jr., Cowboys Pro Bowler Byron Jones, and the Titans Logan Ryan. While I think the Eagles could use all three of them, this isnt Madden and they will only be able to spend big money on one. That guy needs to be Logan Ryan.
A third round pick of the Patriots in 2013, Ryan’s career was a journey. He wasn’t a starter in New England until 2015, and had his best year as a Pat in 2016. In 2017 he signed a free agent deal with the Tennessee Titans. In his three years in a Titans uniform Ryan was able to solidify himself as one of the best corners in the league. He will be 29 years old before the start of the 2020 season, and this will most likely be his last shot at a big deal. The Eagles should choose Ryan over the field for many reasons.
Logan Ryan will most likely be the cheapest of the three corners. He doesn’t boast the resume of the other two guys, but is arguably playing better than both. A guy who checks every box for the Eagles. Size, athleticism, scheme fit, personality, and price.
Just like in 2014 when the Eagles had to choose between safeties Jairus Byrd and Malcolm Jenkins. Byrd was the flashy, pricier name but the Eagles went with the right guy in Jenkins. A similar situation can play-out this offseason if the Eagles make the right choice in pursuing Logan Ryan over Chris Harris Jr. and Byron Jones.