The Philadelphia Eagles begin training camp in a week. Will their veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins hold out or be present?
This offseason has been a strange one for the Philadelphia Eagles and their veteran safety, Malcolm Jenkins. It all started when Jenkins was a no-show for the OTAs phase of the offseason. Granted, these events are NOT mandatory. However, it is unlike Jenkins to not show up, despite being a seasoned veteran who’s earned his stripes in the league and within the locker room.
At first, nobody batted an eye. Then, the media did some digging. There was speculation that Jenkins was in search of a new deal. He’s not heading into a contract year, but the new safety market caused rumors about Jenkins feeling some type of way. As we know, Jenkins has yet to miss a game for the Eagles, and he signed back in 2014.
Not only has Jenkins been available for his entire Eagles stint, but he’s also been one of their most important players and leaders throughout his time. And as Jenkins ages, he likely wants to ensure he’s making what his value is worth. And seeing other young safeties around the league get paid handsomely, it’s become clear that the Eagles have a top-notch safety with a substantial discount.
Fortunately, the Eagles didn’t have to go to battle with Jenkins’ representation yet. As rumors were looming about a potential holdout, Jenkins shocked everybody and showed up for the mandatory minicamp portion of the offseason. It was believed a deal could get done at some point before training camp, but so far both parties have yet to come to an agreement.
Deal or No Deal: Will Malcolm Jenkins show up for training camp?
Eagles training camp is about a week away. So far, no reports have indicated that the Eagles are giving Jenkins any sort of raise or restructure. Typically when that’s the case, the player would holdout from training camp until a deal gets put in place. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Jenkins isn’t expected to hold out from Eagles training camp this year, though.
Seeing as though Jenkins showed up for minicamp, it’s doubtful he decides to skip training camp. But if the Eagles continue to go on without getting a deal done, there is a possibility that Jenkins decides to holdout at any time during training camp. The situation has become quite tricky, but we won’t doubt the Eagles front office in this case.
Howie Roseman and company have been very generous when it comes to players who earn their paycheck. Jenkins availability, leadership, and production speak for itself. If he feels he deserves new money, there’s a good chance the Eagles will do all they can to keep him happy. Seeing as though their team is complete, and the big quarterback contract is out of the way, Jenkins’ new deal should be first on the Eagles list of priorities moving forward.