The Eagles announced this morning that they’ve come to terms with Jenkins on a restructured deal. Jenkins, who had 5.5 sacks in his first season with the Eagles, was one of the few newcomers in 2011 that didn’t disappoint.
The 31-year-old Jenkins was due $7.5 next season, so the restructured deal will likely provide the Eagles some with immediate cap relief. It should also provide Jenkins with some long-term stability, as the deal will likely keep Jenkins in Philadelphia for multiple seasons to come. Jenkins 2012 salary was initially reported to be $2.5 millon, but he was due an addition $5 million bonus in March.
“We are very excited about having Cullen back on our football team,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said through a press release. “Cullen made an immediate impact for us this year on and off the field. We look forward to a great future together with him in an Eagles uniform.”
From this perspective, the move is an obvious win for the Eagles. Jenkins was excellent with the Eagles during his first season in Philadelphia. Despite his age, he showed he can still play at a high level. Given that the Eagles are a team that must win in 2012, it would have been insane if they didn’t retain Jenkins. This is a team that needs to add pieces, not subtract solid contributors.
Jenkins, via his Twitter account, had this to say:
“Appreciate all the support and kind words from everyone. Exciting time for me and my family.”
We’ll pass along the new terms of the deal as soon as they become available.