So it looks like Malcolm Jenkins won’t be missing the Philadelphia Eagles’ mandatory minicamp after all. NFL insider Adam Schefter reports Jenkins showed up to the NovaCare Complex on Monday:
Eagles’ safety Malcolm Jenkins has reported for his team physical and will be in attendance for the team’s mandatory minicamp that begins Tuesday, per source. Jenkins is said to be excited to be with his teammates and focused on the 2019 season as an Eagle.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 10, 2019
This development comes as a surprise. Schefter previously said he didn’t expect Jenkins to be at minicamp. Howard Eskin also echoed that sentiment earlier today. As of last week, Schefter said: “I think that [the Eagles] know this is going to be an issue that will carry into and beyond next week.”
So ... what changed? There’s no news of Jenkins receiving a raise. Did Jenkins come off his stance? Did the team promise to negotiate with him if he showed up to minicamp in good faith?
It’s worth noting that Schefter’s tweet doesn’t explicitly say that Jenkins will actually practice with the team this week. Maybe Jenkins showed up to avoid being fined but won’t actually participate in team drills until his demands are met.
Jenkins is scheduled to be available to reporters in the Eagles locker room around 4:30 PM ET on Tuesday. We’ll see if we hear more from him then.
UPDATE: Here’s a report that indicates Jenkins IS having contract talks with the Eagles.
Source with direct knowledge tells me @MalcolmJenkins will be at mandatory minicamp Tuesday. No changes to current deal. But talks on-going with @Eagles and heading in a direction that now has him committed to attend. @6abc #Eagles #MalcolmJenkins #Breaking— Sharrie Williams (@WilliamsSharrie) June 10, 2019