Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins: “I won’t be back on the same deal. That won’t happen.”
6 January 2020 Eagles News
Well it’s now officially the offseason and the Philadelphia Eagles already got a contract predicament on our hands.
To be fair, this has been brewing as it regards safety Malcolm Jenkins. Last offseason, Jenkins missed voluntary workouts due to his contract, however, he did show up when it was mandatory. But, the displeasure with his current contract was there.
Today, when meeting with the media at the NovaCare Complex, safety Jenkins said he will not be returning with the Eagles under his current contract. Jenkins said, “I won’t be back on the same deal. That won’t happen.”
“I won’t be back on the same deal. That won’t happen.” Malcolm Jenkins discusses contract situation. pic.twitter.com/Zcot1IvLPS
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) January 6, 2020
Jenkins also alluded to the safety market and when you look at it, he has a point. There’s players like $12-$14 million a season, and Jenkins is much better than most of them. Last offseason, big contracts were given to safeties, most notably Landon Collins. Collins received a deal worth $84 million with $45 million guaranteed. And, although he’s younger, Jenkins is a much better safety.
Jenkins is a player who hasn’t missed a snap for the Eagles during the last two seasons. He’s an important part of their defense. And, much more than that, he’s the heart and soul of their defense. He’s a vocal member in their locker room, he’s an important player. At the line of scrimmage especially, Jenkins is dominant. Just last night, you saw him disrupt the Seahawks offense on numerous plays.
Do the Eagles have to sign Jenkins to a long term deal? It doesn’t look that likely that’ll happen, he is turning 33 years old. However, they could treat a veteran player who’s been a crucial part of their success the last few seasons with some respect and get him a deal that pleases him and pleases the Eagles in terms of the cap space. But, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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