The Philadelphia Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins to a new long-term deal, according to an official announcement from the team. Jenkins is now under contract through the 2020 NFL season. NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports the four-year extension is worth $35 million with $21 million guaranteed.
This extension doesn't come as a surprise. Jenkins was set to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2016 season. The 28-year-old safety is coming off a Pro Bowl year so the Eagles wanted to both reward him now and keep him locked up for the long-term.
Jenkins was ranked the best safety by Pro Football Focus in 2015. Here's what we wrote about Jenkins earlier this offseason.
Jenkins finished the 2015 season with 89 tackles, two interceptions, one defensive touchdown, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Jenkins' value goes beyond his stats. His versatility makes him incredibly useful. Nearly 30% of Jenkins' snaps came while playing as the team's nickel cornerback. According to PFF, Jenkins finished second in yards per coverage snap in the slot, giving up just 0.78 yards per rep. As if that wasn't impressive enough, Jenkins also finished fourth in the team in special teams tackles with five. He does it all.
Jenkins' value to the Eagles goes beyond his on-field contributions. He's one of the team's leaders in the locker room. This was an easy decision by the Eagles to reward him.
The Eagles first signed Jenkins to a three-year deal during the 2014 offseason. Some fans were skeptical of the move at the time, but he's really excelled as one of the team's starters ever since.