The Eagles have signed safety Johnathan Cyprien to a one-year deal. Cyprien entered the league in 2013 as a second-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars, before most recently signing the Tennessee Titans in 2017.

In 2017 with the Titans, Cyprien played in and started 10 games, making 57 tackles, two of which were for a loss, 1.0 sacks, one pass deflection, and zero interceptions. Just before the start of the 2018 season, Cyprien went down with a torn ACL that would force him to miss every game of the year. Due to the injury, the Cyprien signing is pending a physical for the Eagles.

Prior to the injury, Cyprien had been fairly durable, missing just four games in four seasons prior to 2017.

Cyprien arguably had his best season in 2016, recording 126 tackles with the Jaguars, three of which were for a loss, 1.0 sacks, one forced fumble, and four pass deflections.

Cyprien is a dual-threat as both a linebacker and a safety, which is something the Eagles like in defensive players. At 6’1 and 211 pounds, Cyprien is strong enough to be able to go into the trenches and hold his own if need be.

It’s also worth noting that in Cyprien’s personal-best season in 2016, he played 38% of snaps at linebacker, 27% at cornerback, 24% at safety, and he even played 11% on the edge.

Cyprien joins an Eagles safety room that is fairly packed with talent as it is, with Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Andrew Sendejo, Blake Countess and Tre Sullivan already in Philadelphia.

The signing of Cyprien is not indicative of the health of McLeod, either.

McLeod is nearly 11 months removed from a torn ACL and MCL, and the only reason he hasn’t practiced in team drills is the team doesn’t want to push him so early on.

This move does put a bit of a microscope on Sendejo, who if cut, would save the Eagles from lost a fourth-round compensatory pick. As of now, Sendejo has been competing at a high-level and looks to be that quality third safety the Eagles have been looking for. However, things can change, and if Sendejo’s play goes south, they have another option in Cyprien to replace him.


Cyprien is likely a depth move to see what he’s able to do, with the team not banking on him showing enough to make the team. However, if Cyprien performs well, he could give guys like Countess and Sullivan a run for their money to claim the final safety spot on the team.

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