Ex-Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins Signs Deal with Saints
The first day of 2020 free agency officially brought an end to the Eagles’ tenure of Malcolm Jenkins.
Both ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Eagles free safety Malcolm Jenkins intends to sign with the New Orleans Saints.
The Eagles later posted a tribute video celebrating Jenkins’ six-year career i Philadelphia.
The 32-year-old will reportedly receive $32 million with a $9 million signing bonus and $16.5 fully guaranteed at signing. Jenkins’ average salary will be $8 million and he can earn up to $35 million win incentives.
Jenkins spent the past six season of his 11-year NFL career with the Eagles, and prior to that he played with in New Orleans with the Saints. The New Jersey-native was drafted 14th overall by New Orleans in 2009, and since then has recorded 17 career interceptions, 18 forced fumbles, seven touchdowns, 96 passes defended, and 873 tackles. During that time, Jenkins was a core member of of Philadelphia defense, which ended up with a Super Bowl in 2018. Jenkins, who is widely regarded as a locker room leader is a three-time-time Pro Bowler, and was a part of the two Super Bowl’-winning rosters.
Jenkins’ relationship with Philadelphia hit a snag when, while then entering the final year of his contract, he told reporters that he would not return on his current deal. At the conclusion of the season, Jenkins announced he would hold out of all team activities until his contract situation was resolved.
“I won’t be back on the same deal. That won’t happen,” Jenkins explained to reporters back in January, when cleaning out his locker after the Eagles playoff loss to the Seahawks.
Jenkins recorded had a solid 2019 season recording 81 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, eight passed defended and four forced fumbles.
"After thorough discussion with Malcolm and his agent, Ben Dogra, both sides agreed on the difficult decision to turn the page on what was an incredible six-year relationship," the Eagles said in a statement on Tuesday.
At the Super Bowl in Miami, Jenkins’ told The Sports Bash: "Honestly, I was hoping something would get done during the season, it didn't".
"I do know that hopefully, it will work itself out one way or another," Jenkins continued. "I would love to be in Philly, made it my home, love the community, love my teammates there, and the organization - but you know business is business."
While the reunion ultimately didn’t come to fruition, the safety issued a thank you to his former city after the news of his deal with New Orleans.