Titans To Sign S Johnathan Cyprien

The Titans will sign safety Johnathan Cyprien today, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). It will be a four-year, $25MM deal for the defensive back, reports Tom Pelissero of USA Today (via Twitter). The reporter adds that Cyprien will make $7MM next season.Johnathan Cyprien (vertical)

Jaguars fans are often frustrated by Cyprien’s play, but he turned one of his best seasons to date in 2016. I had him ranked as the No. 31 free agent on my Top 50 list after he finished out with 126 total tackles, one sack, and four pass deflections. Pro Football Focus gave him a 87.8 overall grade – the best of his career – and placed him No. 7 among all safeties, just ahead of Chiefs star Eric Berry.

In Tennessee, Cyprien will pair with Kevin Byard in the back end, and given that Cyprien is a defender who plays closer to the line of scrimmage, Byard will need to excel at deep safety. Cyprien is an excellent run defender, but playing against the pass has never been his strong point.

With Cyprien’s signing, Rashad Johnson is presumably not in the Titans’ plans going forward.

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    • browns

      Where would they play him? They have Bouye and Ramsey at CB, Gipson at FS and Church at SS.

      • JT19

        He would give Gipson and Church some competition and they could play him in a 3 safety set (aka in the nickel or quarter schemes). Hypothetically, if the 3 of them (Adams, Gipson, Church) showed an ability to blitz/play against the run and play in coverage, it would allow them to disguise the coverage more.

  1. baseballjunkie68

    The only people that actually watch the jags more then once a year are jags fans we know our players well. The guy can make tackles but he can’t cover at all.

    • dude plays in the box that’s why he has so many tackles that and he lets wr’s catch the ball, he’s horrible in pass coverage..

  2. TDKnies

    Doubt it does anything to help our crap pass coverage, but if it makes the run D better it’s still a win on some level. Money looks pretty alright.

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