Pre-Draft Tracker: Visits, Meetings, Workouts, Picks →
placeholder image

George Walker IV-USA TODAY Sports

What Logan Ryan adds to the 49ers defense

Dec 8, 2023 at 9:15 AM--

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
The San Francisco 49ers strengthened their safety position this week by adding versatile defensive back Logan Ryan. The team was looking to bolster the backfield following injuries to Talanoa Hufanga and George Odum. Hufanga suffered a season-ending torn ACL, while Odum sustained a torn biceps.

Ryan, most recently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2022) and New York Giants (2020–21), played cornerback during his first seven seasons before transitioning to safety in 2020.

On Wednesday, Ryan revealed that he learned of the 49ers' interest while on a cruise in the Bahamas.

"Once I knew that the 49ers were interested, at that point, there wasn't any drinking on the cruise, unfortunately," Ryan told reporters. "I occupied that gym quite a bit."

Having achieved financial success in the NFL, Ryan had the luxury of waiting for the right opportunity with a championship contender to present itself. When the 49ers expressed interest, the defensive back eagerly seized the opportunity.

Ryan added, "I kept my phone on, obviously. The right team had to call at the right time for me to come out here."

General Manager John Lynch addressed the Ryan signing on Friday morning during an interview with Bay Area radio station KNBR.

"We ran into a tough situation where in five days we lost Talanoa, and then we lost George Odom," Lynch shared. "And so you're losing two safeties, and that's hard to replace, and you're never going to replace that. We were very fortunate. Our guys do great work, and you always identify. We have what we call 'ready lists' at every position. And hey, if we're to get injured here, here's who we turn to.

"And Logan was a guy we had kept our eye on, didn't really know, okay, is he interested in playing? He had played 11 years. And when we first made contact with him, for the right team, he would consider it. And his criteria is he wanted a team who was in it, who he felt had a chance at going to the playoffs and having success. And so we just started a dialogue."

Lynch recalled discussing the possibility of adding Ryan with head coach Kyle Shanahan, reflecting on facing him last season in the 49ers' game against the Buccaneers. The team values versatile players, and Ryan perfectly fits that criteria.

"Whether it was at corner, nickel, or safety, you could just always tell he was a very hard guy to schematically be a very aware player, very similar to how [S Tashaun Gipson] was before we got him and things like that," Shanahan said this week. "So, when you do lose a lot of guys, you'd love to have an option to bring in a guy who's played some football and doesn't have to learn everything for the first time. He's been around enough to understand it, and I was glad we were able to get him in here."

The 49ers-Buccaneers game was Ryan's first back from an injury, and Lynch and Shanahan liked what they saw from the veteran defensive back.

"We beat the Bucs pretty handily, but we felt like Logan played really well in that game and did some tough things, tackling some of our better players in the open field," Lynch said. "So [we] felt like he still had the ability to play at a high level, and we brought him in, and he's done a great job.

"He's always been known as a really smart football player, and he's picked up our stuff really quick. We'll see if he's up this week or not, but I think a good addition and nice deal to be able to find a player of that caliber this late in the season."

When asked what Ryan adds to the 49ers, defensive coordinator Steve Wilks responded, "A lot of experience, two Super Bowls, and a wealth of knowledge where he can communicate and talk to these young guys, particularly on the backend. And then also just understanding he's coming into a culture that he's probably used to. These guys know how to work. They go about their business a different way each and every day. So, I think with him coming in, it's going to be a smooth and easy transition for him."

You can listen to the entire conversation with Lynch below.

Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

49ers mailbag: Who is most likely to be traded? What positions will SF draft? Which free-agent pass rushers will the 49ers pursue?

By Marc Adams
Feb 28

It's been a quiet couple of weeks for the San Francisco 49ers. Other than firing defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, and that little Super Bowl thing, there hasn't been much going on. But this week kicks off the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, and free agency is only a couple of weeks away. So things will soon pick up. GM John Lynch spoke with reporters at the Combine on Tuesday. And while he didn't give a lot of new information, there were still some highlights to discuss. So we opened up the 49ers Webzone Mailbag to see what questions you had about the team. Let's jump in and take a look. Who are you hoping for (as defensive coordinator)? - Brian J. I think we are all hoping for some big name from the outside, but I don't expect that to

placeholder image

Mel Kiper's latest mock draft has 49ers adding pass rusher at No. 31

By David Bonilla
Feb 28

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper unveiled his latest mock draft, projecting the 32 selections of the first round. For the first time since 2021, the San Francisco 49ers own a first-round selection and could use the pick to bolster the offensive line or the defensive backfield. However, Kiper has the team going in another direction. He proposes adding a pass rusher to complement defensive end Nick Bosa on the opposite side. Kiper's pick for San Francisco is Chop Robinson of Penn State. Kiper wrote, "It has to be offensive line or edge rusher for the 49ers, right? They need to find

placeholder image

No Huddle Podcast: 49ers Are All-In On Next Season

By Site Staff
Feb 29

(Episode 317) - Brian Renick and Al Sacco react to Mike Silver's article on the 49ers' core deteriorating in spots you wouldn't see coming, why this team doesn't consider mailing a season in, Deebo Samuel's regression as a player, how the 49ers' offensive philosophy could change, update on the defensive coordinator search, and more. The audio for the show is embedded above. Remember to subscribe! You can listen to the latest "No Huddle Podcast" episode above, from our dedicated podcast page, on

placeholder image

49ers met with Wake Forest DB Malik Mustapha at NFL Scouting Combine

By David Bonilla
Feb 29

The San Francisco 49ers could look into bolstering their defensive backfield in the upcoming draft. Mike Kaye of the Charlotte Observer reports that the team is one of several that have met with former Wake Forest defensive back Malik Mustapha. Texans, Saints, Eagles and 49ers among the teams that have met with Wake Forest DB Malik Mustapha, per him.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) February 29,


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone