Mike Garafolo adds the Dolphins are also nosing around with interest in Ryan, though the Jets are “firmly in the mix.”
Ryan has had a long wait as a free agent, but it might be nearing a close soon if he can finalize this deal with New York.
Back in March, Ian Rapoport reported Ryan was looking for at least $10 million per year in a deal from a team, which is the same amount he made last year. It remains to be seen how close the Jets came to this number.
He announced recently he had closed the door on returning to his former team, the Titans.
Ryan should immediately step into a starting role with the Jets, who made improving their secondary one of their top goals this offseason, and his versatility should play well with Jets DC Gregg Williams.
Ryan, 29, is a former third-round pick of the Patriots back in 2013. He has played out his four-year, $2,773,252 contract with the Patriots before agreeing to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Titans in 2017.
Ryan made base salaries of $10 million and $9.5 million the past two seasons.
In 2019, Ryan appeared in all 16 games for the Titans and recorded 113 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and 18 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 62 cornerback out of 113 qualifying players.
We have him included in our Top 100 Available 2020 Free Agents list.