Listening to some of the new Eagles players- such as Jason Babin and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie- talk today, you got the feeling that they almost were swept up in how aggressive the team was being, making it more exciting for them to be here.
Well add another Pro-Bowl caliber player to that list.
The Eagles agreed have agreed with defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins on a 5 year deal reportedly worth $25 million dollars. A report by Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network says that the deal could end up being a 1 year deal for $4 million if the Eagles decide to cut ties after this season.
The former Green Bay Packer finished last season with 18 tackles and 7 sacks. Cullens tweeted that the Packers did not give him a chance to come back.
An 8 year veteran, Jenkins is a big body that can cause real problems for the opposing teams offensive line. Weighing just over 300 pounds, Jenkins has consistently gotten to the quarterback over his career, posting 29 career sacks.
While Jenkins is listed as a defensive end, he will likely play in the middle for the Eagles.
Jenkins being brought in ended Broderick Bunkley’s tenure with the Eagles, as he was traded to the Cleveland Browns to make room for the former Packer. The reason for choosing Jenkins over Bunkley is simple: Jenkins is capable of getting consistent pressure up the middle, something that Bunkley has never been able to do.
If Jenkins can play at the level he did last season, it will help the Eagles defense in many ways. Imagine the chances the Eagles cornerbacks will get if Jenkins is getting up the middle and forcing bad throws. Throw in the Jason Babin and Trent Cole, and the Eagles defensive line is slowly becoming a strength instead of a weakness.
Cullens sounded excited to get going with the Eagles.
Here is the ESPN scouting report from two seasons ago, before Jenkins had a great year in Green Bay last season.
“Jenkins bounced back from an injury-plagued 2008 season to have one of his better seasons in 2009. He is better defending the run than rushing the passer. Jenkins has strong hands and uses them well to control blockers at the point of attack and does a good job restricting running lanes. He is a powerful tackler on contact, especially in confined areas. He runs well for his size and shows good range in pursuit. He needs to expand his pass-rush package and appears to have limitations to be an impact player in Green Bay’s defense.”
One thing is clear by the Jenkins move as well as the other signings: Howie Roseman and Andy Reid are giving Juan Castillo every chance to succeed this season by giving him all kinds of players to toy with.