Logan Ryan came to the Giants in September because he needed a job.
He signed a three-year extension Friday because he’d found a home.
Despite missing all of the offseason virtual meetings and training camp while lingering in free agency, the safety became an immediate leader for the Giants on and off the field. The extension will pay him $31 million over the next three years with $20 million guaranteed, according to sources.
"A Christmas morning I’ll never forget," Ryan posted on social media. "I’m here to stay!!"
Ryan, 29, spent most of his career playing cornerback, both outside and in the slot, for the Patriots and Titans. He became a safety with the Giants in his eighth NFL season and has played a versatile role in a defensive system that relies on disguising coverages.
He’s also become the team’s de facto spokesman, providing perspective to fellow players and the media from a career in which he won two Super Bowls with New England and played in the AFC Championship Game last season for Tennessee.
Ryan now figures to be an important building block for the team Joe Judge is building.
"I believe the future is bright here," Ryan said. "I’ve won championships. I know what good teams look like and we have a good team here. I’m going to do everything in my power to bring championships to the organization."
The Giants did not appear to have a need for Ryan in their secondary until rookie second-round pick Xavier McKinney suffered a fractured foot late in training camp. They signed the New Jersey native, who played for Eastern Regional High in Voorhees Township and Rutgers, to a one-year, $7.5 million deal Aug. 31.
"I just wanted to prove to the fan base, the coaching staff and my teammates what type of player and leader I can be," Ryan told the team’s website on Friday. "And I honestly think I was proving it to myself as well. This year has been about a lot of belief. I always believed in myself and held my head high, and it worked out for me in the end and it worked out for the team in the end. I think it was a perfect fit from the beginning."
Ryan not only filled a void for the Giants but proved to be pretty good at his new position. In 14 games, he has three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and one sack. With 83 tackles, he is on pace for the second-most in his career.
Those numbers made him a strong candidate for the NFC Pro Bowl roster. He led fan voting at free safety for most of the process, but this week began with him snubbed from that team. It ended with him embraced by a more important one.