It was not the safety that Eagles fans all expected to be brought in when the 4:00PM free agency season kicked off, but the team made a substantial addition at their prime position of need inking former Saint Malcolm Jenkins to a three-year/$16.25 million deal.
Former Saints S Malcom Jenkins to Philly on a 3-year, $16.25M deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
Jenkins has been linked to the Eagles for quite some time and, though names like Jairus Byrd and Mike Mitchell have also been tossed around, it came as little surprise among the team’s beat-force that the safety was brought on board so fast.
The 6’0″, 200 pound defensive back was drafted as a cornerback out of Ohio State in the 1st round of the 2009 Draft. He was converted to safety after his rookie season and, despite a somewhat checkered tenure with the Saints, Jenkins was second-team All-Pro in 2010 and at just 26 years old, is a talented player brought in at a reasonable price. Jenkins will receive $8.5 million guaranteed with his new contract.
Jenkins has averaged just over 55 tackles a season in New Orleans, has six career interceptions, five forced fumbles, 4.5 sacks, and three defensive touchdowns during his career. One would have to think that Jenkins’ versatility (ability to play CB and S) had to factor into the team’s decision to sign him away from New Orleans. As far as intangibles go, Jenkins appears to be another high-character presence in a cohesive Eagles locker room.
New Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was voted defensive captain the last 2 years in New Orleans
— John Clark CSN (@JClarkCSN) March 11, 2014
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