One of the best defensive players to wear the midnight green jersey will no longer be apart of the team. The Eagles announced Tuesday they would not exercise safety Malcolm Jenkins’ 2020 contract option.
“Malcolm Jenkins has been an outstanding player for us and we are proud of everything he accomplished both on and off the field during his time in Philadelphia,” the team said in a statement. “Malcolm was a great teammate and leader, as well as one of the toughest and most reliable players to ever play in our city. After thorough discussion with Malcolm and his agent, Ben Dogra, both sides agreed on the difficult decision to turn the page on what was an incredible six-year relationship. We wish Malcolm and his family all the best as he pursues his next opportunity.”
It was expected as Jenkins asked the Eagles to pay him as one of the top safeties. If he would have stayed, the Eagles would pay him $7.6 million in 2020. With the move, the Eagles save $4.77 million in cap space with $6.1 million in dead money, per Over The Cap.
What the move means for Jenkins and the Eagles
Jenkins has been the leader of the team since joining Philadelphia in free agency in 2014. He never missed a game with the Eagles earning three Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl title with the team.
It will be a big void for the team to fill. The Eagles resigned Jalen Mills to a one year deal to replace Jenkins at safety. They also resigned Rodney McLeod on a two-year deal to keep the safety in Philadelphia.
Jenkins should gain some interest from teams in the league, but it is unknown whether teams will pay him what he is seeking. The Eagles found the price to be too steep. Other teams might feel the same way as Jenkins just hit 32 in December.
No matter who he plays for, Jenkins should make an immediate impact on a team with his leadership and defensive skills.