What seemed like a quite Free Agency “anti-tampering” period for the Eagles turns out to be a pretty productive one. At 5:01 PM today NFL Adam Schefter reported the Eagles and safety Malcolm Jenkins agreed to a three year deal.
Former Saints S Malcom Jenkins to Philly on a 3-year, $16.25M deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
Of that $16.25 Million $8.5 of it is guaranteed.
He will fit in nicely with the Eagles defense. Prior to 2010 he played cornerback but converted to safety and has enjoyed good success in the position. At 6 feet tall weighing 204 pounds he has a decent sized frame but is mobile enough to cover a number of areas on the field.
With 49 career starts and played in 57 games, all with the New Orleans Saints, he recorded 290 tackles, 2 sacks, 32 passes denied, 4 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries. I would say that is a pretty good resume he brings to the Eagles.
And not to be overlooked Jenkins was the captain of the Saint’s defense in 2013. New Orleans were ranked fourth in average yards per game allowed last season. That is a far cry from 29th which is where the Eagles were ranked last season. With Jenkins’ leadership and his versatility look for the Eagles to improve their defense by a large margin.