Logan Ryan: Bucs Will Badly Miss Mike Edwards

March 18th, 2023

Props from former teammate.

Logan Ryan has been around the NFL block a few times in his 10 seasons and played with damn good players.

Now a free agent who played with the Bucs last season and calls Tampa home, Ryan believes recently departed Bucs safety Mike Edwards might be the best ballhawk he’s ever played alongside.

Ryan took to Twitter to let folks know the Bucs let a good one escape after Edwards signed with the Chiefs yesterday in free agency.

Welcome to salary cap hell. There was no way the Bucs would keep everyone after being $50 million above the cap days ago. Edwards was collateral damage, assuming the Bucs wanted him to return.

Joe guesses you could argue what was the point of letting a good young defensive back go rather than keeping a 33-year old linebacker (Lavonte David)? That’s fair. But who was going to have a greater impact, the Bucs’ leading tackler last season, or Edwards? David. of course.

But yeah, the Bucs lost the closest guy they had to a takeaway machine.

70 Responses to “Logan Ryan: Bucs Will Badly Miss Mike Edwards”

  1. teacherman777 Says:

    His body is broken down. He’s lost 2 steps.

    I want a true FS with 4.3 speed.

    Im tired of DBs that run a 4.6.

  2. mg Says:

    The Bucs won’t miss him because – The wooden Indian.

  3. NJbucs23 Says:

    Dude was never in shape, yeah big deal he made a few splash plays. Safety position is not paid a lot an easily replaceable with the draft.

    Next !

  4. Christos Says:

    He was quite good back in pass coverage and is true that he has the best ball instincts in the secondary. We will miss that aspect cause he problem with our secondary is exactly that, ball skills. When the 2 safeties him and Winfield are the only 2 players with good ball skills and not any corner then there is a proble.
    His weakness is he cant be close to the line because his tackling is below average.
    I think he will have a better opportunity to the Chiefs to showcase what he does best because probably he will be deep in coverage a lot and not close to the line.

  5. Christopher Says:

    Amazing how you people know more about who is a good Safety and not than 10 year NFL veteran Logan Ryan. Your arrogance and mis-perceived privilege is truly sickening. Clearly you are football geniuses, that’s why there is so many of your kind in the NFL

  6. Fire the Glazers Says:

    The fact they only offered him $3 million says a lot about what they think he can bring.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Chiefs got Mike Edwards for $3 mil because … they’re the Super Bowl champs. Mike’s the Swiss Army knife of DBs in just about any defense because he’s smart & very versatile, just like Logan Ryan is. He’ll do well no matter what team he plays for.

    As I look at Jamel Dean, SMB & Mike Edwards, I see Todd Bowles’ fingerprint all over them. All 3 share common traits that Bowles requires, and that’s the primary reason I’m convinced that the Bucs picked them in the 2nd & 3rd Rnds back in 2019.

    Sad to see Edwards move on, but I’m glad that Jamel Dean opted to re-sign. We’ve now got Dean, Davis, McCollum, Delaney at CB back from last year, and hopefully can work a good deal with SMB. At Safety we’ve got Winfield and 2 relative unknowns (Nolan Turner & Don Gardner). Turner (6’1″ & 205 lbs) got 1 def snap with us last year, and some S/Ts time. Gardner (6’1″ & 180 lbs) is really a CB by background, but for some reason the Bucs list him as a Safety. You never know, we may hit on one of them.

    In any event, IF we can re-sign SMB, Bucs could focus on drafting a Safety in the Top-3 Rnds instead of a CB (at least for this year).

  8. Hodad Says:

    The Bucs will trade down, and take the safety from Alabama with their first pick. How many interceptions did Edwards have last season? Some ballhawk.

  9. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Mike had great hands and descent speed but was never a sure tackler. Being a young player with a good upside, I am surprised he was not a priority to resign.

  10. Usfbuc Says:

    Christopher, there are 38 other safeties getting paid more than him so it’s not just our opinions that he can be replaced it’s also the opinion of all the other teams in the NFL.

    Also not my opinion so don’t get too sick, last season was his best season in his career according to a sports writer who covers the Chiefs. You don’t have to be a 10 year NFL vet to know that many average players over perform in a contract year only to go back to their normal the next season.

    This draft is also has a decent number of solid safeties and hybrid secondary players so it’s the right year to be drafting a new starter anyhow.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    Hodad … Would dearly love to see the Bucs draft Brian Branch, but with our Dline & Oline needs being so great, I have my doubts we’d use our top pick on a safety. We also need an ILB (to replace White next year because we’re not paying him $20 mil & LVD will also be a FA), another CB (to replace SMB unless we can re-sign him or Logan Ryan). IOW I could see our Top-3 picks going to OLine, DLine & either S or ILB or CB.

    Maybe the NFL will take pity on us & award us a few extra comp picks in Rnd 3?

  12. BucsNoles Says:

    Good player, but 2 picks???

  13. Sunken Ship Says:

    2 picks last year. Let’s not act like we lost a linch pin. Goodness.

  14. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    How does 2 interceptions in 18 games make you a ball hawk?

  15. Dooley Says:

    One of the 2 picks sealed a victory for us in the Big Easy and did what our offense struggled to do all season which was score points. My how people forget lol

  16. Dooley Says:

    Also, Brian Branch can pound sand. JL SKinner is a 6’4 safety with a day 2 grade, and is one of one with the measurables he has at the position plays. Also a fan of Antonio Johnson our of Texas A&M who is basically a Jamel Dean carbon copy that plays saftey. TBH, I’d be confident even getting a saftey that’s got develop partly because I trust Antoine Winfield to be able to fast track any young prospect we bring into the saftey room.

  17. Jonny Says:

    I want Antoine Winfield Jr to play the centerfielder. I’m tired of seeing a guy with somewhat low speed, but excellent ball tracking ability to play nickel way too often, only to see him be above average as a nickel on his best days when he could be an excellent free safety covering the deep middle.

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If we are able to keep 3 out of the 4……Dean, Nelson, Edwards, SMB….we will have done very well….considering LVD.
    I suspect we will be able to sign Logan at close to Vet minimum later on.

    No consultation bur Edwards’ loss may get us a 6th round comp pick….perhaps 5th…..depending.

    We definitely need to draft at least one Safety……3rd, 5th rounds….

  19. Goatfarmer Says:

    Surprised we couldn’t get him to stay for $3 million.

    Although he knows Bloweszo coaches the Bucs, while the Chiefs have Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce.

    Don’t blame him.

  20. MerryPlankster777 Says:

    Bucs D was pretty horrific last season. Which is unsettling since D used to be the Bucs hallmark.
    Edwards was good at one time but he had not done much for a while. Seemed the entire 2ndary was a bit injury prone.

    2022 will go down as one of the most unwatchable Bucs seasons. Never turned games off before, but was actually forced to on a couple of occasions last year simply to maintain a semblance of sanity.

  21. Doc Says:

    The Buc’s want names not talent.

  22. HC Grover Says:

    He may get another ring with the Chiefs. Here the only ring he would get is Toilet Bowles kine.

  23. Buxfanintx Says:

    Didn’t he lie about a fake Vax along with AB?

  24. Goatfarmer Says:

    Doc, I’m sure Jason Licht would agree with you. You know, the Super Bowl roster-building GM. That’s it. Names not talent. Apply now at One Buc Place. It’s amazing you figured that out all by yourself.

  25. Beej Says:

    I’d have to think the Bucs didn’t want him back, hell only be worth more money as time goes by. Your MUST have a certain % of players on rookie contracts in this league–Winfield is gonna be working on $18- $20 million next year

  26. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I wish Mike Edwards the best, but it’s probably not a good idea to follow in the career path of Ronald Jones. Like Jones, Edwards has some holes in his game.

  27. Beej Says:

    SPEAKING of Jones, he only had a 1 year contract with the Chiefs, and they clearly didn’t want him back, he’s not even listed in the top 100 FA’s

  28. Brandon Says:

    For those keeping score for Compensation Picks for next year….

    We’ve added-
    QB Mayfield
    RB Edmonds

    We’ve lost-
    S Edwards
    DT Nunes-Roches

    Based on the formula used, we get no compensation so far. I do feel like I’m missing someone we lost… but thus far we are even.

  29. Cobraboy Says:

    Edwards made several splash plays as a Buc. However, most of his tenure was unremarkable, and he pretty much would just disappear between splashes, sometimes several games at a time.

    I will miss the splash, but how will you miss the rest when he was invisible?

  30. DoooshLaRue Says:

    What will day 11 of DonnieWatch bring?

  31. Cobraboy Says:

    Maybe Smith comes back at the one-year “prove it” vet minimum…:D

  32. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Jones did get a ring, but only had 70 yards rushing on the year. Will Edwards be a starter in KC if he’s as inconsistent as he was with the Bucs? We shall see.

  33. Joshua porter Says:

    Agree with the first comment. We need speed on defense. To many times last year this team looked old.

  34. Rod Munch Says:

    I really liked Edwards early on and thought if he got more playing time, he’d really shine. But then he got more playing time, and got exposed. I think he’s a decent backup, but that’s about it. I would have liked to keep him as a backup, but I doubt anyone will notice when he’s not on the team.

    Edwards, in the end, really reminds me of Andrew Adams. He had 4 INTs in 2018 with not that much playing time – and just sort of hung around, keep getting playing time. Yet, when he left, did anyone really notice? Not really.

  35. Dre bucs fan Says:

    What am i missing here? Lol now edwards was an impact player?? I guess smb was Deion Sanders once he signs to another team as well..c’mon man! On a positive note we missed out on Lewis cine last year so let’s bring in the FS from Alabama and get this defense going

  36. Crickett Baker Says:

    Well, we all know that we have to lose somebodies. I trust the organization to pick the right ones and wish Edwards the best going forward. I don’t expect the NFL to ever “take pity” on us as someone projected. 🙂

  37. Goatfarmer Says:

    Yep, all it takes is one rookie from Alabama to get the defense going.

  38. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    It was only a 1 yr 3 mil deal I’m sure if they really wanted to keep him they would have

  39. mark2001 Says:

    A good guy to have on your team. Just not an every day starter quality guy. But a good player.

  40. larrd Says:

    At one point I though Winfield, Whitehead, and Edwards was an ideal rotation to grow together, but two are gone and Winfield is already getting banged up a lot.

    I’d hate for the Bucs to draft a safety in the first few rounds when the team lacks a second starting offensive tackle, a third starting defensive lineman, and any decent backups at both of those positions.

    They could bring back Josh Wells but he’ll bust his ankle by second quarter, game one, if he has to start.

  41. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Dak Prescott misses Mike Edwards

  42. CleanHouse Says:

    I would have never signed Carlton Davis,
    Would have kept Whitehead, Edwards, Dean, Winfield and Hopefully SMB- can’t deny his playoff run of interceptions when it counted.

    Could have found a solid #1 in Free Agency or trade

    Davis isn’t it. Logan Ryan wasn’t

    Would have definitely kept Suh and nacho and JPP

    Team is turning into soft trash

  43. CleanHouse Says:

    Tod Munch- should have kept Andrew Adams too

  44. Whinny Testaverde Says:

    Safety Andre Cisco would come in handy right about now…the 65th pick in the 2021 draft. As a reminder, Kyle Trask was the 64th pick.

  45. Redeemer Says:

    They made an easy choice. Dean is far more valuable and has much more upside than Edwards. Hard choices were coming anyway. You can’t invest at the top of the market on everyone.

  46. Mike S Says:

    “The Buc’s want names not talent”

    Sad but true

  47. Mike S Says:

    People are talking about the holes at safety…

    What about the holes at pass rush?

  48. Mike S Says:

    “Dak Prescott misses Mike Edwards”

    He did torch him like a Hawaiian Luau

  49. Mike S Says:


    We have to endure another year of this because of Bowles.

  50. JN Says:

    I like Edwards and he was a good player for Bucs. But at end of day no way they could keep them all going this route. Personally wish they would have blown up roster and reset… no qb, crappy OL, zero edge rushers + Bowles as head coach = disaster in 2023. I guess the blow up roster thing happens next year

  51. ModHairKen Says:

    He’s gone. He will be replaced. Someone said he’s injured and lost steps. I totally agree. The shelf life of a NFL player is short. Get fresh legs.

  52. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Doc Says
    “The Buc’s want names not talent.”

    I do not think that’s true at all. I think this is make-or-break for Bowles, and he knows it. He’s going to do anything he can to succeed. Is he capable? Who knows? I doubt it, but anything is possible. This new OC might save him.

    So far as your talent comment, it isn’t about names, it’s about price. This year. If it were about names, they would go after bigger names than Baker, that’s for sure.

  53. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    If they were really going after names…the Bucs would swoop in and trade for Aaron…steal him from the Jets.

  54. BucsfanFred Says:

    I don’t think the Bucs were planning to offer him a contract.
    I might be wrong, because I haven’t heard about contract offers on any of them except the ones who signed..

  55. Pryda…Sec147 Says:

    Ball hawk he is not

  56. BucsfanFred Says:

    Bonzai, I can’t believe anybody wants kaaton and his $58 mil salary and constant drama

  57. WhosOurQB Says:

    The Bucs are primed to draft a stud Safety, our Secondary will be Elite

  58. WhosOurQB Says:

    Tampa Bay drafts S, OT, DL, Edge, WR, Depth … and only a QB away

  59. Redeemer Says:

    Fred, I think you’re right. They made the decision to sign Dean, with full knowledge that Edwards would be the odd man out. I will miss Edwards, but like I said, Dean is the far more valuable player. His length, speed and size are incredibly hard to find at corner

  60. An Erection for Sacks Says:

    This article got me thinking: What about SMB23 at Safety?

  61. DBS Says:

    You mean SMB is still on the market? Must be turning down lots of offers he wants to stay with Bowles so badly. Edwards was smart to go to a constant winner. Not a proven loser HC.

  62. Destinjohnny Says:

    Especially when we only get on decent player every third draft

  63. mark2001 Says:

    Sweep in for Aaron? When did we get about 50 million dollars in cap money? But I get it…this team is loaded and ready for a SB run, if we only had AR. SMH.

  64. Goatfarmer Says:

    Destin – the core of the Buccaneers are players the Bucs have drafted. When you win a super bowl and then go 14-5, you don’t get Dumbanik-like draft positions. Which is ok since he proved to be the worst with his annual top 5 position.

    Jason Licht is killing it in all phases. It’s not his fault that he got stuck with Bloweszo and he will rectify that a year from now, unless Bloweszo shocks the world.

  65. optimisticbucfan Says:

    Hoping for a decent year.

    If not, I don’t think Jason survives along with Bowles.

  66. Goatfarmer Says:

    Optimistic –

    Read what you just wrote.

    Why would the Glazers dump one of the best GMs in the league, and he’s included them on the thinking , strategizing, planning, and execution, the whole way. He’s only gotten them a Lombardi, two division titles and three consecutive playoff qualifications.

    It’s clear he’s setting it up to dump Blowes after the season, get the Coach of the 20s, and play the long game at that point. The bearded ones controlling the franchise are in on this and fully behind him.

  67. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Me thinks logan forgot a whole lot more about football than most of these klowns here know.
    Edwards is a great team guy. Always was. That’s why KC picked him up, and they got him for scraps too. Hopefully he’s not replaced here with ‘toast deaux’

  68. Statguy Says:

    Gardner-Johnson is still out there. That’s a nice upgrade without using a pick of the price fits

  69. 80forBrady Says:

    Bring back Logan Ryan anyone?

  70. Ben Harvey Says:

    Replaceable! His ball hawking skills maybe came up big on occasion but his blunders are what stands out to me and his first year starting he was fairly quiet all season. Pass!