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Browns Expected To Have “Heavy Interest” In S Johnathan Cyprien

Mike Kaye of First Coast News mentions that the Browns are expected to have “heavy interest” in Jaguars free agent S Johnathan Cyprien in the coming days.

However, Kaye adds that free agent S Tony Jefferson will ultimately dictate the safety market.

Previous reports have mentioned the Browns as a potential suitor for Jefferson, who could end up commanding as much as $10 million per year in a long-term deal.

Cyprien previously said he is “kind of nervous” about what’s going to happen this offseason.

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,” Cyprien said, via First Coast News. “I’m just living my life and letting the business come.”

When asked about taking a discount to be back with the Jaguars next year, Cyprien said he would have to think it over with agent and family. Although, he did say he would like to remain in Jacksonville.

“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.”

Cyprien, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Jaguars back in 2013. He played out his four-year, $5,469,104 contract with the Jaguars and is now in position to the test the free agent market as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.

In 2016, Cyprien appeared in all 16 games for the Jaguars and recorded 127 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, a recovery and four pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 safety out of 89 qualifying players.

We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.