It wasn’t a huge deal when Eagles veteran safety and team leader Malcolm Jenkins didn’t show up for the team’s voluntary offseason program. For one, it’s voluntary, and the reason wasn’t entirely clear. But it was reported early on Tuesday that the safety would not be present for the first day of OTAs, the first time he’s been a no-show for such an occasion in his career.
Eagles S Malcom Jenkins, who was not present for team’s off-season workout program for the first time in his career, also is a no-show today for the start of Philadelphia’s Organized Team Activities, per source. Jenkins is one of the NFL’s most-respected players; absence notable.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 21, 2019
Now the rumors that he is looking for a new contract ring a little more true, and the concern that was brought up just weeks ago has a little more merit.
BGN’s Brandon Gowton explained Jenkins’ contract situation back when he first was absent this offseason, and noted that while he’s set to make $8.75 million this year, he only ranks as the No. 10 paid safety in the league. But due to his versatility, and the Eagles penchant for having him perform cornerback and even linebacker roles within the defense, Jenkins could easily be paid more.
The majority of BGN readers agreed that if it was more money Jenkins was after, pay the man.
The Eagles didn’t do much during free agency or the 2019 NFL Draft to account for their leading safety not being on the field, so Howie Roseman will either need to figure something out sooner rather than later, or risk dealing with a situation that lingers.