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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