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Could the Ravens target free agent Logan Ryan?

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After the season-ending knee injury to second-year CB Iman Marshall, and the release of All-Pro S Earl Thomas, the Ravens could look to available free agents to fill any possible holes in the DB room. One player in particular could help to fill needed depth at both roles.

The player I am referring to is Logan Ryan, who is currently a free agent after the last three season with the Titans. Ryan recently changed agents, leading many to believe that he will soon sign with a team.

Ryan has said this offseason that he should be viewed as more of a hybrid defensive back instead of just a pure corner. Baltimore would be a good fit for the 29-year-old veteran, as they like to make use of versatile players on defense. Ryan would compete with third-year DeShon Elliott for the starting safety role opposite of Chuck Clark, as well as provide backup at slot corner behind Tavon Young, who has missed two out of his four years with injuries.

According to pro-football-reference.com, Ryan was targeted 103 times, allowing 68 completions for 781 yards and five touchdowns in 2019. His PFF rating for the season was 64.9. On the flip side, Ryan had four interceptions, 18 pass deflections, four forced fumbles, and 4.5 sacks in the regular season and another interception the playoffs against Tom Brady when the Titans defeated the Patriots.

The main question regarding Ryan regards his asking price. It’s also unknown if Ryan would accept a potentially non-starting role in an already loaded secondary. If Ryan’s asking price is too high, then the Ravens would probably be better off re-signing veteran Brandon Carr, who provides similar versatility but at a cheaper price. Carr is already familiar with the defense as well after spending the previous three seasons in Baltimore.

The Ravens play the Browns on September 13, giving them just under two weeks now to add additional players to the roster before the beginning of the season, which would be plenty of time for Ryan to acclimate himself. After all, CB Marcus Peters played his first game for Baltimore after spending less than a week with the team in 2019.