As the free agency period was approaching, there were many rumblings and opinions on who the Eagles would/should sign. I would say that 95% of the Philadelphia Eagles fan base was clamoring for T.J Ward or Jairus Byrd. These 2 players were thought to be rated the top at their position respectively, but the Eagles had other directions on their blueprint. Who was the guy whom they have been quoted as telling was their #1 target of the offseason? Well Eagles fans, meet your new starting Safety, former New Orleans Saint Malcolm Jenkins. Obviously, this isn’t the player everyone was hoping for when the clock struck 4:00ET, but this who the Eagles think can be their leader on defense, something they haven’t had since Brian Dawkins.
The Eagles were supposedly in contact with him on March 8 right after the non tampering had begun. Knowing all along that he was their guy, they signed him to a 3yr deal worth $16.5 million with $8.5 million guaranteed. Let’s take a look at what others around the NFL are saying:
–good zone awareness to anticipate routes
–good range to get over the top in coverage
–tight in the hips which forced his move to safety
–tough tackler who gets his nose on the ball
–solid teammate, strong influence in the locker room
–defensive captain the last 2 years
As you can see, he has decent credentials and is definitely an upgrade from the departed Patrick Chung and Nate Allen. The only question I have is, “Why did the Saints let him go without any effort to resign him?” Also isn’t it ironic that they instead signed Byrd to a monster deal to be their leader, the guy Philly fans were begging for?
Reported By: Tony Cutillo
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