During his two season stint with the Giants, defensive back Logan Ryan seemed like everything a team could want in a player: he was tough, a leader, a solid contributor and a good team representative in the community.
So when Ryan learned that the Giants’ new regime was moving away from him, essentially sacking him despite the massive cap of dead money they would have to swallow, Ryan wasn’t happy.
“I took it personally, kind of like a chip. I felt like I gave it my all in New York, but I’m thinking about a new direction,” Ryan said during a recent appearance on the Jim Rome show.
Teams that hire new general managers and/or head coaches usually eliminate players favored by their predecessors in favor of their own guys – this is nothing new. And that appears to have been the case with Ryan and, to some extent, with cornerback James Bradberry, the latter having been released for salary cap purposes after the Giants were unable to find a business partner for the running back. veteran corner.
Ryan and Bradberry quickly found new teams, Ryan with the Bucs, where he reunited with quarterback Tom Brady, with whom he played in New England, and Bradberry with the Eagles.
“Honestly, I don’t know what me, Bradberry and those other guys could have done,” Ryan said. “(The Giants) are looking in a different direction – it’s okay. I think we’ve landed on our feet, and you have to keep going because it’s a business.
In fairness to the Giants, it’s probably safe to ask if they would have even sued Ryan if Xavier McKinney hadn’t suffered a broken foot at the end of the team’s 2020 training camp.
While adding that veteran safety didn’t hurt, what hurt the Giants was that the old regime, already on shaky ground due to another losing season, restructured the contract from Ryan to find a salary cap after mishandling the cap last year.
After doing the same with Bradberry, both players found themselves with even higher caps for 2022, making it difficult to implement the new regime.
Although the two players’ combined dead money ($23,177,778) represents 71.2% of the team’s current dead money total, general manager Joe Schoen felt it necessary to rip the bandage off now and d swallow it for the sake of the health of the long-term salary cap.
Ryan, who noted he’s been through just about every situation in his NFL career, said going through a change in general manager and head coach was a first for him.
“I’ve never been part of a coach getting fired, as well as the general manager. So obviously a whole new regime there, looking to go in a different direction,” he said.
Even though the decision hurt his pride, Ryan won’t dwell too much on the past.
“We have to keep moving forward because that’s the business. That’s what they tell you,” he said.