Let’s see if we can do this all in one shot.
The money. We know by now that Cullen Jenkins restructured his contract to stay in Philadelphia. We don’t, however, know the terms of the new deal. Les Bowen reports that sources close to the situation say that the new deal should keep Jenkins in Philadelphia for three more years. The money end of things are a bit more murky.
We can surmise that Jenkins won’t get the $7.5 million dollars he was due in 2012, and we can probably assume that the $5 million dollar bonus he was due to receive will be spread out over the remaining length of the contract.
So why would Jenkins, a guy who had come from the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, agree to restructure the deal?
“I wanted some security. I wanted to be somewhere that I liked, and that liked me,” he said. “I want to be able to retire as an Eagle.”
That’s refreshing. It’s nice to hear when a guy respects the passion of Philadelphia.
The future. But there’s a bit more to this story. There was speculation that Green Bay would have been interested in bringing Jenkins back if the Eagles released him. Obviously, a player like Jenkins would have had other options, so it’s not exactly like the Eagles had him in a strangle hold and forced him into this new deal. That would indicate that he believes the Eagles have what it takes to get back to the top of the NFC East and make a legitimate run at the Super Bowl.
Remember, Jenkins was one of the few players to stand out and call out his teammates for underperforming last year. If this defense has a leader, Jenkins is the closest thing to it.
The draft. What’s more, the restructuring of Jenkins’ contract likely means the Eagles won’t use their first round pick on a defensive tackle. The Eagles are relatively deep at the position–Antonio Dixon will return from injury and rotate with Mike Patterson.
If the Eagles retain the services of Derek Landri it would become highly unlikely that the team uses an early selection on a defensive tackle. As many draft experts have noted, this draft is very deep at the position, so it’s not outside the realm of possbility the Eagles use a mid to late round pick to add some youth to the rotation.