Johnathan Cyprien

Falcons Place Johnathan Cyprien On IR

Injuries continue to pile up for the Falcons’ defense. Just about a week after making a deal to acquire safety Johnathan Cyprien from the Eagles, the team is placing him on injured reserve, they announced in a release.

Details on his injury weren’t immediately released, but he’ll now have to miss at least the next eight weeks. The Falcons already lost starting safety Keanu Neal for the season, and traded for Cyprien in part to help replace him. Cyprien started the team’s Week 5 loss to the Texans, so it’s yet another big blow to a unit that has been one of the most banged up in the entire league the past couple of years. The Falcons are now 1-4, and at a crossroads. Owner Arthur Blank has said he’s not making a coaching change at this time, but Dan Quinn is clearly on the hot seat.

Cyprien originally entered the league as a second-round pick of the Jaguars back in 2013. After four years as a full-time starter in Jacksonville, he signed with the Titans in 2017. He missed six games with a hamstring injury that year, but started the other ten. Last year, he missed the entire season with a torn ACL, and it’s unclear if his latest injury is related to that.

The Falcons made a small flurry of corresponding roster moves. They signed cornerback D.J. White off of the Eagles’ practice squad to their active roster, signed offensive lineman John Wetzel, signed punter Sam Irwin-Hill to their practice squad and released tight end Carson Meier off of the practice squad. Wetzel has started 24 games for the Cardinals the past three years, and White is a 2016 sixth-round pick of the Chiefs who has bounced around a bit but never played much.

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Eagles Trade Johnathan Cyprien To Falcons

The Eagles have traded safety Johnathan Cyprien and a seventh-round pick to the Falcons, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). In exchange, Atlanta will send linebacker Duke Riley and a sixth-round choice to Philadelphia. 

It’s a not-so-minor deal that addresses areas of need for two different contenders. The Eagles are now a bit better off in the front seven while the Falcons’ secondary has been somewhat fortified, with a small step down late in the draft for the Eagles.

Riley does his best work at weakside linebacker, where he makes an impact despite his less-than-ideal size. With Philly, he’ll fill the shoes of L.J. Fort, who has moved on to the Ravens. Meanwhile, Cyprien will help round out a Falcons safety group that is now without standout Keanu Neal.

Cyprien visited the Eagles in June, but did not join the club until August. This year, he’s been itching to show what he can do after missing the 2018 season with a torn ACL, but hasn’t been given much of an opportunity. A four-year starter with the Jaguars, and a ten-game starter with the Titans in 2017, Cyprien is still only 29 and capable of delivering big hits in the middle of the field.

Riley, 25, has also dealt with the injury bug. His 2017 rookie season was halted in October by a torn meniscus, though he has been on the field for every possible regular season game since then. Last year, Riley started ten times and amassed 60 total tackles.

The Eagles (2-2) and Falcons (1-3) already played their one matchup of the year on September 15, so Riley and Cyprien won’t cross paths until at least the playoffs, if the two teams happen to qualify and match up. By then, Cyprien could be in new threads – he’ll be out of contract in March. Riley, meanwhile, will be under Eagles control through 2020 on the final year of his rookie deal.

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Eagles To Sign Johnathan Cyprien

The Eagles have agreed to sign Johnathan Cyprien, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). When completed, it’ll be a one-year deal for the safety. 

Cyprien visited the Eagles earlier this offseason, but left town without a deal. He’s got his shot with the Eagles now, however, and an opportunity to reestablish himself after missing all of last season with a torn ACL.

Cyprien was a starter for four years with the Jaguars before joining the Titans in 2017. After an injury-shortened ten-game campaign in his first year, he finished out his time on the sidelines. In March, Tennessee bailed midway through his four-year, $25MM free agent deal.

With the Eagles, Cyprien could see time at his usual strong safety spot, but mostly projects as a depth addition who can also chip in at linebacker. Malcolm Jenkins, of course, will be the club’s starter at SS.

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NFC Notes: Packers, Clark, Lynch, Giants

The Packers made the surprising decision to cut Mike Daniels earlier today, and GM Brian Gutekunst confirmed that the club did try to trade Daniels first (via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com). It sounds as if Green Bay made some headway in trade talks, but the talks broke down over the last couple of weeks. Gutekunst also mentioned Daniels’ foot injury as a factor in the decision.

Now for more from the NFC:

  • The decision to cut Daniels has opened the door for the Packers to sign NT Kenny Clark to a lucrative extension, as Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweets. Silverstein suggests (via Twitter) that such a deal could happen at the end of the season.
  • Matt Barrows of The Athletic suggests that, although John Lynch is the 49ers‘ GM, he is primarily in charge of the defense, while head coach Kyle Shanahan picks the offensive talent. And Lynch has missed on a few major decisions on the defensive side of the ball, so if that unit should struggle again, not only will defensive coordinator Robert Saleh be in danger of losing his job, but Lynch could be as well.
  • The Giants worked out free agent safeties Johnathan Cyprien and Tre Boston several days ago, but Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com does not believe Big Blue is going to pay for a starting-caliber safety at this point (Twitter link). He thinks the club was simply doing its due diligence.
  • The Panthers will give Daryl Williams some reps at left tackle and left guard in training camp, per GM Marty Hurney (via Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic on Twitter). Williams signed a one-year deal in March to remain with Carolina, but Hurney is said to prefer Taylor Moton at right tackle — where Williams has spent most of his time as a pro — and the club drafted LT Greg Little in the second round this year. So if Williams is to earn the big FA contract that he missed out on this year, he may have to do so at an unfamiliar spot.
  • The Buccaneers have placed Jason Pierre-Paul on the active/non-football injury list, as James Palmer of the NFL Network tweets. Although a player on the active/NFI list can be activated from that list at any time before the start of the season, that will almost certainly not happen with JPP, who is expected to miss at least a chunk of the regular season.

Giants To Work Out Cyprien, Boston

The Giants are looking for help in the secondary and they’re starting with a pair of big names. On Monday afternoon, the Giants will audition free agent safeties Johnathan Cyprien and Tre Boston, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter links). 

Cyprien, who turns 29 next week, missed the entire 2018 season due to a torn ACL. He also worked out for the Colts this week and should be able to hook on with a contender if he is indeed back to 100% health. The advanced metrics have never been high on Cyprien, but he has been a starter for his entire career and has a reputation for delivering hard hits.

Boston, 27, has averaged four interceptions, 61 tackles, and 8.5 passes defended over the past two seasons (30 games) with the Chargers and Cardinals. Pro Football Focus was also fond of his performance, ranking him among one of the top defenders in the NFC West last season. Still, a big free agency payday continues to elude him.

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AFC Notes: Bowlen, Shazier, Titans

The family of late Broncos owner Pat Bowlen will receive Bowlen’s Gold Jacket and Hall of Fame ring, as Mike Klis of 9News.com writes. Bowlen was elected to the Hall of Fame in February but passed away in June, making him the first HOFer to die between his election and his induction. Typically, the HOF doesn’t present the jacket and the ring to those enshrined posthumously because it doesn’t want the family to fight over the artifacts or sell them, but the production of the artifacts had already begun before Bowlen passed.

The family will display the items in the front lobby of the Broncos’ UCHealth Center headquarters so that they can be enjoyed by fans.

Now for more from the AFC:

  • David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel explores the relationship between Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier and his high school teammate, trainer, and close friend, Jerome Howard. Howard has been with Shazier throughout his recovery and has assisted him in his efforts to get back to the playing field. The piece is well-worth a read, especially for Steelers fans, as it also details the remarkable progress that Shazier has made. A return to football is still a long way off, but he has already overcome tremendous odds just to be walking again, let alone exercising the way he is.
  • We heard in May that Colts WR Deon Cain was expected to be a full participant in training camp, but Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk says that Cain’s status is still unclear. However, she does hear that Cain should be ready to go at least by the regular season opener, which could a huge boon to Indianapolis’ aerial attack. Cain, a 2018 sixth-rounder, generated a lot of hype before tearing his ACL last August and is highly-regarded by the coaching staff. He is currently the fourth WR on the depth chart.
  • Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com believes linebacker Kamalei Correa will make the Titans‘ roster and will have an impact in 2019, but he is on the bubble and will need to fight for a spot on the club. In the same piece, Wyatt says that he does not expect Tennessee to bring back safety Johnathan Cyprien, although the team said after releasing Cyprien in March that it would like to re-sign him at a cheaper rate.
  • Bills RB Christian Wade was assigned to Buffalo’s roster as part of the league’s international pathway program, which means he is eligible to be the 11th man on the club’s practice squad. But as Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk writes, Wade believes he can crack the 53-man roster. That will be a tall order given that veterans LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, and T.J. Yeldon, along with third-round rookie Devin Singletary, are ahead of him on the depth chart. But McCoy and Gore will be free agents after the season, and Yeldon could be a cap casualty by that time, so if Wade impresses, he could be a roster candidate in 2020.

Eagles To Work Out Johnathan Cyprien

Johnathan Cyprien will work out for the Eagles on Tuesday, a league source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). If signed, Cyprien would give the Eagles some cushion at safety while Malcolm Jenkins continues to stay at home.

Cyprien missed the entire 2018 season due to a torn ACL, but he is eager to make his NFL return after being OK’d by doctors last month. The soon-to-be 29-year-old also worked out for the Colts this week and should be able to hook on with a contender if he is indeed back to 100% health.

The advanced metrics have never been high on Cyprien, but he has been a starter for his entire career and has a reputation for delivering hard hits. That style of play should appeal to the Eagles, though Cyprien would have no real shot at starting unless Jenkins’ holdout extends to the regular season. Even then, the Eagles still have one bonafide starter in Rodney McLeod with Andrew Sendejo and Blake Countess also on the depth chart.

Jenkins is presumably seeking a new contract, though his current deal doesn’t expire until after the 2020 season. It’s not clear whether the Eagles would be willing to adjust his contract either. With an average annual salary of $8.75MM, the 31-year-old is still one of the ten highest paid safeties in the NFL.

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Colts To Work Out Johnathan Cyprien

Safety Johnathan Cyprien will work out for the Colts on Monday, a source tells ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Cyprien has been on the market since his release from the Titans in March, but hasn’t played since 2017 due to a torn ACL. 

Cyprien was given the green light by doctors in May, which should mean that he’ll find a deal sooner rather than later. He’d be a logical fit in Indianpolis where Clayton Geathers is sidelined after having his knee scoped. Malik Hooker, meanwhile, has been a full participant in practice, but past hernia, hip, foot, ACL, and MCL issues have held him back in the past. Last year, Hooker missed a pair of regular season games plus the Colts’ divisional-round loss to the Chiefs.

The advanced metrics have never been high on Cyprien, but evaluators still view him as an effective stopper in the secondary. The 28-year-old (29 in July) has started in all 70 of his career games.

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Johnathan Cyprien Drawing Interest

Former Titans and Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien is now recovered and cleared from last season’s knee injury, a source tells ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Schefter hears that teams are interested in him and it is expected that he will land a deal before training camp. 

The Titans released Cyprien in early March with a failed phyiscal designation. Cyprien was set to resume his role as the club’s starting strong safety in 2018, but the 28-year-old (29 in July) suffered a torn ACL before the season started.

Cyprien is talented, but injuries have held him back in recent years. In 2017, a hamstring ailment limited him to just ten games.

Cyprien joined the Titans in ’17 on a four-year, $25MM free agent deal. The pact had just $9MM guaranteed, however, and the Titans saved $5.25MM against just $1.5MM in dead money by releasing him in the spring.

The advanced metrics have never been high on Cyprien, but evaluators still view him as an effective stopper in the secondary.

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Titans Release Jonathan Cyprien

The Titans are expected to release safety Jonathan Cyprien sometime this week, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). However, the Titans would like him back at a cheaper rate.

Tennessee pulled the trigger on this transaction on Tuesday, doing so with a failed-physical designation, NFL reporter Howard Balzer tweets

Cyprien, 29 in July, was set to resume his role as the Titans’ starting strong safety in 2018. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL in August that sidelined him for the entire year. Cyprien is talented, but injuries have held him back in recent years. In 2017, a hamstring ailment limited him to just ten games.

Cyprien joined the Titans in 2017 on a four-year, $25MM free agent deal. The pact had just $9MM guaranteed, however, and the Titans will save $5.25MM against just $1.5MM in dead money.

In his first year with the club, Cyprien had 57 total tackles and one sack in his ten games. He graded out as one of the ten worst qualified safeties in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus, though PFF’s metrics have never been particularly high on him.

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