3 Reasons for and against Philadelphia Eagles re-signing Malcolm Jenkins
3. It doesn’t seem as though he’s going to get any less expensive.
One would think that this would be something that could be worked out, but from the outside looking in, it doesn’t appear that either side wants to budge. Jenkins has been quoted as saying he won’t play another year under a deal that looks like the one he’s currently bound to. He’s scheduled to earn a base salary of $7.6 million in 2020.
It doesn’t sound like he finds that to be satisfactory. Take a look at some of what he said recently to several members of the media including one Tim McManus.
"No. I’m not one to beg. I’m a very prideful person. What I put out this year, what I put on tape, what I’ve given to this team is more than enough. I can’t do any more. For me, I feel good about (the fact that) that’ll be good enough for me to go into this offseason with certainty that I’ll be fine… I want to be valued. I want to get compensated for what I think I’m worth, but I want to win. I want to be in a good locker room. I’m a prideful person who enjoys to compete and win, but I’m not a dummy either. At this point in my career, I weigh all those things."
During the dawn of free agency, former Eagles owner Norman Braman refused to play the game and pay players, so as a result of that, guys like Reggie White just left. Times have changed things, and in some ways, things haven’t changed that much. Players want more money. Owners want great talent for an inexpensive price.
Jenkins isn’t a rookie, and he understands what his value is. If Philly wants him to remain an Eagle, they’ll have to open the purse. Hopefully, some common ground will be reached. Jenkins wants a nice payday, understandably so. The question is can Philly get him to agree to a number that’s beneficial to both sides. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.