Tennessee Titans sign free agent safety Kenny Vaccaro

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 27: Kenny Vaccaro
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 27: Kenny Vaccaro /

A major free agent is heading to the Tennessee Titans secondary

Free agent safety Kenny Vaccaro is reportedly signing a deal with the Tennessee Titans to replace injured veteran Johnathan Cyprien. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported the signing Saturday morning after the Titans put a bevy of free agent safeties through workouts this week.

A first round pick in 2013 of the New Orleans Saints, Vaccaro was not re-signed after playing out his five-year rookie deal. The 27-year-old has only played one full season and missed time last year to a PED suspension and injuries to his wrist and groin.

Vacarro fits right into the Titans scheme as a hard-nosed safety who can make big tackles against the run. It’s rare a team loses a critical player like Cyprien for the season and can plug in a replacement who is just as good.

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Cyprien tore his ACL during practice, leading to break in the safety free agent market.

Vaccaro was one of several safeties remaining on the free agent market this offseason, including Eric Reid and Mike Mitchell. Rapoport says the Titans had interest in Reid, but several delayed flights prevented him from attending a workout.

Reid has been a strong advocate for player protests during the National Anthem, which some believe to be the reason he remains unsigned like former teammate Colin Kaepernick.

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Reid has said he doesn’t plan to kneel during the anthem this season once he is signed, yet remains one of the top free agents available as preseason games begin.