The transfer offers Ryan an opportunity to affix a contending staff after two tough years with the Giants. Ryan was a staff captain and, at occasions, the defensive play-caller.
The Bucs didn’t lengthen a proposal to beginning security Jordan Whitehead, who departed for the Jets. Ryan fills that function, and extra, given his time at each cornerback and security. Ryan additionally offers them a veteran presence on the again finish that they wanted and obtained briefly with Richard Sherman.
Ryan, 31, was introduced in as a favourite of former Giants coach Joe Choose, who had labored with him in New England. Ryan was signed in the summertime 2020 and acquired a contract extension that was introduced on Christmas Day later that yr.
The New Jersey native who attended Rutgers had 92 tackles in his first season with the Giants, second on the staff behind Blake Martinez. He additionally added three pressured fumbles.
The staff’s Walter Payton Man of the Yr nominee completed with a career-high 117 tackles this previous season. The one two video games he missed have been due to COVID-19.
Ryan is owed $5.5 million from the Giants for this season. He signed a three-year contract extension price as much as $30 million simply 15 months in the past. It included $11.5 million assured.
Releasing Ryan saved the Giants rather less than $800,000 in opposition to the wage cap, a supply stated. It is believed the discharge of the previous staff captain has extra to do with the Giants being within the midst of a defensive reset than with cap area.
The Giants have a brand new regime led by normal supervisor Joe Schoen. Coach Brian Daboll employed former Baltimore Ravens coordinator Wink Martindale to run the protection.
The information of Ryan becoming a member of the Buccaneers was first reported by the NFL Community.
Info from ESPN’s Jordan Raanan and Jenna Laine was used on this report.