Eagles lock up another in Jenkins
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — The latest Howie Roseman domino fell Monday as the Eagles agreed to a new five-year deal with Malcolm Jenkins, one that will keep the Pro Bowl safety under Eagles control through the 2020 season.
Jenkins' contract was the fifth multi-year extension the Eagles have worked out in recent weeks since Roseman regained control of the team's football operations with the plan being to identify the core members of the franchise's future and be proactive with team-friendly, long-term deals.
Jenkins joins tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek, as well as offensive tackle Lane Johnson, and defensive end Vinny Curry as the players who've gotten new contracts before the 2016 league year starts on March 9.
"Malcolm has proven himself as a leader on and off the field," Roseman said. "We are excited to have him on the team moving forward."
Jenkins originally signed a three-year contract with the Eagles before the '14 campaign after the first five seasons of his career in New Orleans, where he was taken No. 14th overall as a cornerback in the '09 NFL Draft before helping the Saints capture the Super Bowl as a rookie. By his second season he made the transition to the back end of the defense and earned second-team All-Pro honors.
In the '14 season with Philadelphia, he became the first Eagles safety since Brian Dawkins 10 years earlier to record an interception in three consecutive games.
Over his two years with the Eagles, no defensive player in the NFL has seen more action than the durable, 28-year-old Jenkins, who has toiled in 2,367 plays over that span.
"These past two years have been huge for my career," Jenkins said. "It's the healthiest I've been. My career has really started to take off."
The new agreement replaces the old one so it's essentially a four-year extension which will certainly give Jenkins more money up front and aid the Eagles' cap situation for '16.
The deal is believed to be worth $35 million, with $21M of the guaranteed, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
Jenkins was set to enter the final year of his original deal, which called for a base salary of $5.5 million and a salary-cap figure of $7.167 million.
The Ohio State product had a career year in 2015, starting all 16 games and recording career- and team-highs with 120 tackles, 15 passes defensed and three forced fumbles while appearing in 1,214 of a possible 1,216 defensive plays.
He played so well in a dual role that also included moving into the slot on obvious passing situations that ProFootballFocus.com rated Jenkins as the second-best safety in all of football behind only Minnesota star Harrison Smith.
Jenkins now believes things will only get better with the highly-regarded Jim Schwartz in charge of the Eagles' defense.
"I know for a fact that Jim Schwartz knows how to mold his defense to what his players do best," he said.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen