49ers make yet another signing in the form of safety Johnathan Cyprien

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The San Francisco 49ers have signed their fourth player of the day in safety Johnathan Cyprien.

The San Francisco 49ers were busy on Wednesday making a total of four free-agent signings while hosting a number of other players on visits.

And the fourth — and probably final — signing was reported Wednesday evening as the team has inked a deal with veteran safety Johnathan Cyprien.

A second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Cyprien spent four years as a starting safety with the Jacksonville Jaguars starting all 60 games he played while tallying a whopping 452 tackles.

He would depart the Jaguars in free agency following the 2016 season and sign with their division rivals, the Tennessee Titans. Cyprien played in 10 games as he was slightly limited by a nagging hamstring injury.

Nonetheless, he played considerably well and looked to hold a place in their starting lineup the following season. Unfortunately, Cyprien would tear his ACL in training camp and miss the entire 2018 campaign.

The Titans released Cyprien the following offseason after signing veteran Kenny Vaccaro. That left the former FIU standout looking for a job and he found one — at least a temporary one — with the Philadelphia Eagles.

But after appearing in four games as a backup, the Eagles shipped Cyprien to the Atlanta Falcons following multiple injuries to the team’s safeties. However, after starting his lone game with his new team, Cyprien would again find himself on the injured reserve.

Injuries have hindered his production over the last few seasons, but Cyprien remains a quality NFL safety who packs a punch. How does he fit in with the 49ers, though?

How does Johnathan Cyprien fit in with the 49ers?

The team already has a pretty rock-solid safety group with Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward leading the pack. There are also guys like Tarvarius Moore and Marcell Harris who have shined in the past.

While clearly a move to bolster depth, there doesn’t appear to be room for Cyprien on the roster.

Perhaps this means that K’Waun Williams‘ injury is more serious than first expected. After all, Ward has been filling in for Williams at his usual nickel cornerback role.

If Williams is forced to miss time, perhaps the 49ers plan to roll with Ward at slot corner which could explain the Cyprien signing.

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Either way, it doesn’t hurt to add quality depth even if there isn’t an obvious need on the roster. And that’s exactly what Johnathan Cyprien is set to provide.