The Logan Ryan sweepstakes might have a new bidder.
The Giants are facing the possibility one of their starting cornerbacks might not play for them ever again, after 2019 first-round draft pick DeAndre Baker was charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault. His roster status remains unchanged (he has not yet been arrested) as of Friday night.
Cornerback was a huge need for the Giants when the offseason began, which is why the biggest chunk of free-agency spending went to James Bradberry to start opposite Baker. If the Giants return to free agency to replace Baker, they will do so with $16.6 million in cap space available, per NFLPA records, before accounting for the nearly $7 million needed to finish signing the 2020 draft class.
Here is a look at the top available options, with their age in parenthesis:
Logan Ryan (29): New Jersey native and Rutgers product is coming off a career year, with 105 tackles, 4.5 sacks and four interceptions with the Titans. He spent his first four seasons with the Patriots, where he played special teams under new Giants coach Joe Judge. Ryan says the Titans were not interested even when he offered to return on a one-year, $10 million deal (no raise). The Jets are part of his market.
Dre Kirkpatrick (30): Former first-round draft pick played 99 games and made 67 starts over eight seasons for the Bengals. He finished last season on injured reserve with a hyperextended knee and was released in March. He starred at the University of Alabama during Judge’s tenure as an assistant coach.
Darqueze Dennard (28): Another former Bengal, Dennard thought he had reached a three-year, $13.5 million agreement with the Jaguars in March, but it fell through. He was rated the No. 25 cornerback in the NFL last season, per Pro Football Focus.
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Brandon Carr (33): How’s this for stabilizing an uncertain situation? Carr has never missed a game in his 12-year NFL career, starting all 192 possible games for the Chiefs, Cowboys and Ravens. The Ravens declined the option on Carr’s contract in March, but the Giants could offer a chance for an ex-Cowboys reunion with position coach Jerome Henderson.
B.W. Webb (30): Webb is the definition of a journeyman, changing teams after each of the past eight seasons. He played above his contract for the Giants in 2018 and emerged as a leader in a young locker room. The Giants were priced out by the Bengals (three years, $10.5 million) last offseason, but Webb was cut in March.
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