The Jaguars have already begun to address their internal free agents prior to the start of the league year.
However, safety Johnathan Cyprien remains set to hit the open market. The defensive back recently joined Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller on Moving the Chains on Sirius XM NFL Radio to discuss his future.
Kirwan, a former NFL executive, asked Cyprien how he was feeling heading into his first free agency period.
"Actually, in a perfect world you'd never want to get to this situation," Cyprien said. "You'd want to keep on signing contracts as quick as possible before you become a free agent because that's a better thing to do. Right now my feelings are - I'm kind of excited and also kind of nervous - but for the most part I'm trying not to think about it. I'm just living my life and letting the business come."
The former second round pick is looking to cash in on his career year from last season. He graded out as the seventh best out of 89 safeties on Pro Football Focus last season.
After a handful of questions about the team's defense, Kirwan offered a scenario to Cyprien. The former contract negotiator asked Cyprien to decide between a $1 proposal from the Jaguars and a $1.50 proposal from another team.
"That's something I definitely have to pray on, speak to my agent about and speak to my family about," Cyprien said. "It's just something that you have to do. I would definitely have to think about that, of course. I know I want to be in Jacksonville, it would be a lot easier on my family [and] myself. At the same time, me, myself and my family have to make a decision that's best for me and my future."
While the reality of free agency is more about millions of dollars and not pocket change, it seems clear that Cyprien isn't going to jump at a hometown discount from the Jaguars. The team has plenty of cap space, but if the organization's bosses don't share Cyprien's enthusiasm towards his performance, the safety could be headed elsewhere.
Cyprien served as a box safety last season and he thrived in that role. However, single high safety coverage isn't a common look in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if he can find a fit for both his wallet and his style of play.
A league source expects Cyprien to have a solid market in free agency, but a lot will depend on the availability of Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson and Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry.
For what it's worth, during the interview with Kirwan and Miller, Cyprien noted that he grew up a Minnesota Vikings fan.
The window to negotiate free agent contracts begins on March 7. Teams can officially sign outside free agents on March 9 at 4 p.m.
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