The Eagles have announced that they won’t be picking up the contract option of veteran Safety Malcolm Jenkins in a move that comes as a real heartbreaker for Eagles fans.
Since joining the Eagles as a free agent in 2014, he’s missed just 1.6% of snaps. one. point. six. per. cent. He’s become a mainstay on the Eagles defense. A leader on and off the field who has worked resiliently to build a better future for communities in and around the City of Brotherly Love, Jenkins has personified the culture that the Eagles have strived to build.
The Eagles may have simply missed the boat on signing the heartbeat of their defense to a new deal. After playing with 0 guaranteed money over the last two years, Jenkins didn’t miss a single snap in that span and played at a very high level. it was clear that he deserved guaranteed money, but that’s just now how Roseman does things.
With 81 tackles and 2.5 sacks to his name in 2019, Jenkins left on a high note. A Super Bowl champion who helped lift the Eagles defense through turbulence again and again with stellar play, becoming one of the greatest Eagles of a generation.
The Eagles left it too little, too late, as they almost did with Brandon Graham. The kindest thing they could do was this – letting Jenkins walk and get the money he deserves, likely with an open door should he ever want to return.
As for the safety position? The Eagles are linked with Denver’s Will Parks and have recently re-signed former CB Jalen Mills with the intent to move him to Safety. Whether or not this is to fill Jenkins’ role is unclear, but it is plausible. Rodney McLeod is also still a pending free agent.
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