#3 Logan Ryan, CB
Ryan might have a more solid case of getting paid top dollar over Butler, as he came on in the second half of the season and performed admirably as the Patriots top corner. His two-interception performance in the divisional round game against the Houston Texans was key to helping the Patriots advance to the AFC Championship game and he drew the difficult assignment of shutting down WR DeAndre Hopkins.
The one thing working against Ryan being re-signed to the Patriots is, for the first time in a long time, depth. New England is unusually deep at the cornerback position, with backups Eric Rowe, Jordan Richards, and Jonathan Jones al poised to step up in 2017. If Ryan demands a high dollar amount, which he is expected to, it won’t be surprising to see him find greener pastures next season.