In search for a Johnathan Cyprien replacement, the Tennessee Titans will host four free agent safeties in Nashville on Friday.
Yesterday afternoon, the Tennessee Titans made official the season-ending nature of safety Johnathan Cyprien’s injury, which turned out to be a torn ACL. Cyprien suffered the injury in a freak way during a midweek practice.
As is the case with most injuries, the team and fans must quickly move on and employ a “next man up” approach. So we all started pondering who the best replacement options were for the Titans in free agency.
Less than an hour after the news of Cyprien’s injury was made official by head coach Mike Vrabel, the Titans had set up a meeting with Kenny Vaccaro. The former Saint is arguably the top safety on the market, and a player of his age and caliber usually doesn’t last this long in free agency. But the safety market has been unusually slow to move this year, which is evidenced by the talent that’s still available.
In addition to Vaccaro, the Titans set up four visits with free agent safeties before 5:00 p.m. yesterday.
Vaccaro and Eric Reid are easily the top options left on the market, and they would likely be on teams with big contracts in hand if it weren’t for a couple of (unjust) reasons. Lardarius Webb is more of a free safety type, as he made a mid-career move to the backend from cornerback. Webb spent several years under current Titans DC Dean Pees’ watch in Baltimore. Mike Mitchell is the most experienced safety on the list, but he’s a hothead and has struggled over the past few years as he’s reached the twilight of his career.
With just 88 spots occupied on the roster, the Titans could theoretically sign two of the four if they please. Whoever the Titans choose to go with, they should feel lucky an injury to a starter ended up coming at the position with the most talent left in free agency. The universe was on the Titans’ side this time around.