With a new 3-4 defensive philosophy likely in play by the Philadelphia Eagles, it comes as no surprise to see the team cut ties with defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins.
Jenkins was known as one of the few (if any) leaders in the Eagles locker room for 2011 and 2012. In a move deemed as a salary cap casualty, Jenkins was scheduled to make $1.5 million this season due to a restructuring of his contract after the 2011 season. Had Jenkins remained on the Eagles roster on March 15, he would have earned a $1 million dollar roster bonus.
General manager Howie Roseman released the following statement: “I had a chance to speak with Cullen today and let him know of our decision. It’s one of the most difficult parts of the job. He has been a very productive player in this league for a long time but we felt it in our team’s best interests that we go in a different direction. By releasing him at this point, it gives he and his agent more time to sign on with another team. We wish Cullen and his family all the best as he continues his NFL career.”
Jenkins, 32, recorded 61 tackles and 5.5 sacks two seasons ago and 51 tackles with four sacks last season. Jenkins is the third member of the so-called ‘Dream Team’ free agent acquisition class of 2011 to be released by the Eagles. Defensive end Jason Babin, who reportedly caused a lot of turmoil in the locker room, was let go during past season and former Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Vince Young was cut in the previous off-season That leaves cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha as the only member left who was brought in from that 2011 free agent group.