Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins doubles down: 3 Thoughts
By John Newman
3. There’s only so much money that can go around.
Several Eagles this season have received new contracts, including guard Brandon Brooks, tackle Lane Johnson, and quarterback Carson Wentz. Jenkins came to training camp this past offseason, under the implicit understanding that there would be a “good faith effort” to make sure Jenkins got paid what he deserved, but here we are. The season is over, and there have been no reports of any movement regarding Jenkins’ contract issues.
Ostensibly, Jenkins didn’t wish to cause controversy or invite media scrutiny during the regular season, but the Eagles have exited the postseason and Jenkins’ contract is one of the first stories of the Eagles postseason. There isn’t anyone who denies his value, but the debate will rage about what his price tag should be.
With the Eagles having 21 free-agents going into the offseason and Jenkins turning 33 before the end of the 2020 NFL Season, it may be difficult for the Philly and ’27’ to reach common ground on a price tag that’s suitable for Jenkins, but with the possibility of several underperforming members of the secondary leaving in free agency, the Eagles may have no choice but to give their star safety a contract extension.