Titans Add Secondary Help; Sign Jags’ Cyprien
Although the Titans were not able to reach an agreement with former Texans’ cornerback A.J. Bouye (who appears to be on his way to Jacksonville), they were able to add to their secondary on the first day of free agency.
According to multiple sources, the Titans signed veteran safety Johnathan Cyprien. Cyprien, a 2013 second-round draft pick of the Jaguars, is coming off of a career season in 2016, finishing with 97 solo tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. Cyprien has reached at least 100 combined tackles in each of his first four seasons.
I think that Cyprien will make a fine addition to the Titans’ secondary. Cyprien was drafted to become a part of the young corps of defenders in then-Jaguars coach Gus Bradley’s defense. Cyprien has started 60 out of 64 career games, and played a key role in the Jags’ run defense (Jacksonville finished the year ranked 6th in rushing defense).
The big question that I have about this signing is: what does this mean for the members of the Titans’ secondary who are currently on the roster? Rashad Johnson is set to hit the market after signing a one-year deal with the team last year, and doesn’t appear to be a part of the team’s plans going forward. The Titans currently have two safeties on their roster: veteran Da’Norris Searcy and second-year pro Kevin Byard. Does the signing of Cyprien mean that Searcy is poised to take a lesser role in the defense? Could Searcy potentially be released? Is Kevin Byard not developing as quickly as a lot of people believe?
One thing is certain, however: Cyprien adds depth to the Titans’ secondary, which the team is in desperate need of.