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Free Agency Radar: Filling the Byron Jones void with Logan Ryan?

Free Agency Radar: Filling the Byron Jones void with Logan Ryan?

With now former Cowboys CB Byron Jones headed to Miami through free agency, this leaves the team with a very big need to fill at that position.

By default, this moves Chidobe Awuzie to the number one spot after coming off a very poor season and Jourdan Lewis to the number two spot with not a lot of starting experience.

Now that all the “big name” free agent corners like Chris Harris Jr. and Desmond Trufant are off the board, a solid name that they can go after to try and help fill that CB void is Logan Ryan.

Ryan is coming off statistically the best season of his career in 2019, putting up career highs in deflecions, forced fumbles, sacks, tackles, and QB hits along with four interceptions.

His 113 total tackles and 4.5 sacks led all cornerbacks in the NFL and he even tied for first in QB pressures among corners with former Cowboy Brandon Carr.

Comparing his stats to the Cowboys secondary in 2019, Logan Ryan finished with four interceptions and the best on the Cowboys only being two. He also finished with 18 pass deflections, which was four more than Cowboys’ leader Chidobe Awuzie with 14.

Ryan continued his hot streak into the playoffs, leading all postseason defensive backs in tackles. He was also the only DB who scored a touchdown, which came on Tom Brady’s final pass in a Patriot uniform.

While the majority of his 2019 stats were very good, it was not a flawless season by any means from the seven-year vet.

He allowed a 66.0% completion percentage as he was targeted 103 times throughout the entire season and allowed 68 completions with five touchdowns.

Of course that is not ideal in the slightest, but at least he helped to make up for it with his play-making and tackling ability.

As far as what it would take to get him, he is willing to take a short term deal but will not play for less than he did last season at $10M, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Now that Byron Jones has left the Cowboys it leaves the team with starters at cornerback who many fans would not feel very comfortable with based off of the 2019 season. Although he was not perfect in terms of pass coverage, bringing in Logan Ryan gives the team an experienced player who can tackle very well and is a play-maker which the Cowboys desperately need in that secondary. The Cowboys would be wise to give him a call.

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