As the old saying goes where there’s smoke there’s fire. Now yesterday Philadelphia Eagles head Coach Doug Pederson said he expected all players to be present at the teams mandatory OTAs. This, of course, is in reference to Malcolm Jenkins who is still holding out. Today ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that an end to Jenkins holdout is nowhere in sight. With that said today the Eagles are working out Safety Johnathan Cyprien.
What Cyprien Brings
Cyprien is a very good safety and it’s a little surprising he’s a free agent. Just 28 years old Cyprien was selected 33rd overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. He turned produced from day one for the Jags. He started 60 games and recorded 449 tackles with two interceptions. His best season came in 2016 as he recorded 128 tackles. Furthermore, Pro Football Focus gave him a 98.8 run stopping grade which is the highest ever recorded by a safety.
Two years in Tennessee
Cyprien signed a four-year deal to play with the Tennessee Titans in 2016.
Following a solid first year, the next season during Training Camp the Florida native tore his ACL ending his season.
Eagles working out Cyprin
The Eagles are the second team to work out Cyprien as the Indianapolis Colts had him in on Monday. This could be viewed as an insurance policy should Jenkins continue his holdout. The only sighting we’ve seen from Jenkins was during Carson Wentz’s AO1 charity softball game. Set to make just $8.75 million this year Jenkins rightfully so deserves a pay raise.
What Cyprien brings to Philly
Should the Eagles sign Cyprien they gain a strong run defending safety with okay coverage skills. They don’t need the former Titan to be a star but he would be a perfect fit as a third safety and provide a stable back end should Jenkins miss time during the season. This signing would also allow the Eagles to cut Andrew Sendejo if they want as if he’s on the roster past week 10 the Eagles would lose a 2020 compensatory pick. We shall see if Cyprien is able to notch a contract with the Birds.
Featured image via ESPN Images Scott Clarke
all stats via Pro-Football-Reference.com
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