With all of the coaching changes going on, and the alterations to the roster, the Eagles needed to get their defense locked in.
The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with the Pro Bowl safety Monday on a new five-year contract.
How the new deal impacts Jenkins’ salary isn’t yet known, but it is safe to say it will lower his cap hit for the 2016 season.
In two seasons with the Eagles, Jenkins has totaled 189 tackles, five forced fumbles and five interceptions. He returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown last season against the Patriots for his fifth career defensive score.
“Malcolm has proven himself as a leader on and off the field”, VP of football operations (and de facto GM) Howie Roseman said in a statement released by the team. Giving Jenkins the extension does that and allows the team to build around him. Jenkins brought his championship pedigree to Philadelphia, helping to solidify the safety position while adding a proven veteran to bolster the team’s leadership.
Jenkins is the latest in a long line of Eagles who have gotten new contracts this offseason, joining Vinny Curry, Lane Johnson, Brent Celek and Zach Ertz.