Eagles make a decision on Malcolm Jenkins’ 2020 future

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Eagles have made a decision to cut ties with safety Malcolm Jenkins. Earlier this off-season, he demanded that the team either sign him to a long-term deal or trade him.

Instead, the Eagles have made the difficult decision to not exercise his option for the 2020 season. Now, Jenkins will become a free agent immediately.

Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins celebrates beating the New York Giants
Malcolm Jenkins celebrates beating the New York Giants (Photo by the Associated Press/Seth Wenig)

“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 Eagles 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 discussions 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.”

The 32-year-old East Orange, New Jersey will be looking for his third team now. He previously played for the New Orleans Saints, as well, who drafted him with the 14th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

With the Eagles, he appeared in 96 games, including 96 starts. He had 515 tackles, including 32 tackles for a loss and 15 quarterback hits. Jenkins also had 5.5 sacks.

He also had 11 interceptions, including four returned for touchdowns; 12 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, one fumble, and 58 pass deflections.

In his 11-year NFL career, he has appeared in 167 games, including 159 starts. He has had 874 tackles, including 41 tackles for a loss and 27 quarterback hits.

Jenkins also had 10.0 sack, 17 interceptions, including six interceptions returned for touchdowns; 18 forced fumbles, one fumble, 11 fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown; and 95 pass deflections.

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