UPDATE: Contact terms are in for Malcolm Jenkins’ deal with the New Orleans Saints.
Malcolm Jenkins has signed w/ the Saints for 4 years, $32M w/ $16.5M fully guaranteed, per NFL source. There’s a $9M signing bonus. Total number could reach $35M if he hits play time/win incentives. Jenkins’ had 1 year left at $7.6M w/ #Eagles before they declined option day ago.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 18, 2020
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
Well, it looks like it didn’t take long for Malcolm Jenkins to find a new (read: old) home after the Philadelphia Eagles officially declined to pick up his 2020 contract option on Tuesday. The 32-year-old safety is reportedly close to heading back to where his NFL career started ... with the New Orleans Saints.
Sean Payton last year: "Probably one of the bigger mistakes that we’ve made, and you have to ask yourself how did that happen? Letting him out of the building certainly wasn’t a smart decision.”— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 18, 2020
Well, he's almost back. https://t.co/5VZ4SYpmEF
Jenkins originally played for the Saints from 2009 through 2013 after being selected with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Saints clearly regretted letting him sign a free agent contract with the Eagles in 2014.
As if losing Jenkins wasn’t painful enough for Eagles fans, now they’ll have to see him helping an unlikable competitor in the same conference. I mean, it could’ve been worse if Jenkins went to the Dallas Cowboys or something.
But Jenkins going to the Saints is hardly a relief. The Eagles will host Jenkins and his new/old team at Lincoln Financial Field at some point during the 2020 season. A rematch in the playoffs also can’t be ruled out, assuming both teams qualify for the postseason.
It remains to be seen exactly how the Eagles plan to replace Jenkins, who has been incredible value to Philly over the past six seasons. It will be no easy task.