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Eagles reportedly working out free agent safety Johnathan Cyprien

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Eagles reportedly working out free agent safety Johnathan Cyprien

As Malcolm Jenkins appears to be bracing for a possible holdout and as Rodney McLeod has a giant brace on his surgically repaired knee, the Eagles are reportedly working out another safety. 

This time, they’re looking at a guy with plenty of starting experience. 

“With no end is sight,” is an interesting way for Schefter to put it. So far, everything Jenkins has missed has been voluntary. Next week’s mandatory minicamp is the first mandatory portion of the offseason. If Jenkins misses that, he’d could be fined $88,650, according to the 2011 CBA. Jenkins has two years left on his deal but has outplayed his current contract, which makes him the ninth highest-paid safety in the NFL in terms of average per year. 

Cyprien, 28, has played and started 70 games in his career. The former second-round pick out of Florida International has never played in a game that he didn’t start. But he missed the entire 2018 season with an ACL tear and played just 10 games in 2017. His first four years in the league were with Jacksonville and he played the 2017 season with the Titans. 

He was a decent strong safety, with some ability to play linebacker, but playing just 10 games in two years is notable. He reportedly worked out with the Colts on Monday. 

In recent weeks, free agent pickup Andrew Sendejo and Tre Sullivan have been working as the Eagles’ first-team safeties. McLeod and Jenkins are obviously the starters when they’re healthy and present, but that could be a while. McLeod began to practice on Monday, but isn’t ready for everything yet and there’s “no end is sight” with Jenkins, according to Schefter. 

If the Eagles sign Cyprien, it could also be bad news for Sendejo. The 31-year-old safety has looked good this spring, but the Eagles could cut him before the season to recoup a 2020 fourth-round compensatory pick. Since we’re past May 8, signing Cyprien wouldn’t count toward the compensatory pick formula. 

The Eagles this offseason brought back former draft pick Blake Countess too. They also still have cornerback Avonte Maddox, who filled in admirably at safety as a rookie. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Another injury the Eagles couldn’t afford

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Eagle Eye podcast: Another injury the Eagles couldn’t afford

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro are joined by Ray Didinger to look at the loss of Tim Jernigan and other takeaways from the loss to the Falcons. 

Why hasn’t Miles Sanders started faster? Was that really Jim Schwartz blitzing that much? 

And Roob and Dave’s bold predictions aren’t looking great so far. 

• Tim Jernigan reportedly has a broken foot
• Other injured players leave questions
• Miles Sanders is looking like a rookie
• What made Jim Schwartz blitz so much? 
• Isaac Seumalo struggles big-time vs. Atlanta 
• An early look-ahead to the Lions 

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Eagles' Tim Jernigan reportedly broke his foot vs. Falcons

Eagles' Tim Jernigan reportedly broke his foot vs. Falcons

Updated 2:30 p.m.

Tim Jernigan has a small crack in his foot, confirmed by NBC Philadelphia's John Clark. While he does not require surgery, he is expected to miss about a month.

Jernigan played only 26 snaps before leaving the Eagles-Falcons game Sunday night in Atlanta.

It’s the latest blow to the talented but oft-injured 26-year-old defensive tackle, who has played only seven games since the Super Bowl.

Jernigan is the second defensive tackle the Eagles have lost in two weeks, and a position of tremendous depth is now dangerously thin. Malik Jackson, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract, and was starting opposite Fletcher Cox, is out for the year, also with a foot injury. He went on Injured Reserve after the Redskins game.

The Eagles cut ties with Jernigan after last season by declining the option in his contract and then brought him back at a bargain-basement price of $1.25 million in an incentive-laden deal. Jernigan was originally scheduled to make $11 million this year, $12 million the next two years.

Jernigan missed most of the 2018 season with a mysterious back injury that he suffered during the offseason that neither he nor the team has explained.

Jernigan had one of the Eagles’ two sacks so far this year, against the Redskins.

With Jernigan and Jackson both out, the Eagles currently have just Fletcher Cox, who is playing but still working back from a foot injury from the Saints playoff game, and Hassan Ridgeway at defensive tackle, along with Akeem Spence, who just joined the team last week and played 21 snaps against the Falcons.

Bruce Hector, who played in eight games last year, is on the practice squad. Hector played 82 snaps on defense a year ago. He joined the Eagles last year as an undrafted free agent, was traded to the Cards for safety Rudy Ford last month, then signed to the Eagles’ practice squad on Sept. 1 after the Cards released him. Ford remains on the Eagles’ 53-man roster.

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