It was heavily rumored that the Eagles were going to have interest in him during free agency. Jenkins, who turns 27 in December, seems like a good fit for the Eagles. He has decent size at 6-0, 204 lb as well as the versatility the Eagles like in their defenders. Despite originally being drafted in 2009 to play cornerback, Jenkins converted to the safety position in 2010. In 57 career appearances with the Saints, Jenkins has started 49 of those games. In that time he's recorded 290 tackles, 2 sacks, 32 passes defensed, 4 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and 4 fumble recoveries. Jenkins was the captain of the Saints' defense.
BGN profiled Jenkins in our free agent profile series. Here's what we had to say:
Jenkins is 6-foot and 204 pounds, so he has size at the position. Still just 26, Jenkins could sign a long-term second-tier safety contract and be solution for several years. He has the ability to cover and can play nickel well.
While he may not be the first option to replace a starting cornerback, he can play the position and can be trusted in nickel situations. He can make plays and has had 4.5 sacks, six interceptions and six forced fumbles on the season. He also has a winning pedigree.
The Eagles desperately needed a starting safety, so bringing in Jenkins makes sense. Jenkins is a proven player in the NFL and he'll step right in to be one of the two starting safeties for the Eagles this season.
Note: This does not necessarily mean the Eagles are done shopping for safeties.
Eagles might still be doing work on the safety front, even after signing Malcolm Jenkins. Stay tuned.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 11, 2014