On Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles and Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins agreed on a 5-year, $ contract extension, keeping the defensive lineman in Philadelphia for the foreseeable future.
Jenkins was arguably the second best player on the defense last season, notching 109 tackles and two interceptions. The safety returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles’ upset victory in New England.
The former Ohio State Buckeye played the most snaps in the league in 2014 and 2015, according to ESPN. Jenkins was something of a team liaison to owner Jeffery Lurie in the final weeks of Chip kelly’s tenure as Eagles coach, as Lurie talked to several players to gauge the team temperature.
With Jim Schwartz bringing the “attacking 4-3 defense” to Philadelphia, Jenkins may keep similar responsibilities to those he had in the previous 3-4. However, he might be able to cash in on more interceptions, ass the Schwartz defenses are known for putting immense pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
UPDATE: Reports indicate the contract is worth $35 million over four years, with $21 million guaranteed.