Last Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles released defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins as they attempt to create some cap space and restructure a defense that didn’t work in 2012.
Now on the open market, the 32-year-old Jenkins is looking for another club to continue his NFL career with. After meeting with the New York Giants on Friday, reports have surfaced that Jenkins has received interest from at least six other teams. One of those potential suitors is the Seattle Seahawks, who are in need of some extra bulk along the defensive front.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jenkins is scheduled to meet with the Seahawks on Monday.
While the Seahawks have been known as of late for their young, athletic defenses, adding a powerful defensive tackle like Jenkins to the mix couldn’t hurt. Although he’s definitely well past his prime, Jenkins proved last season that he can be productive against both the run and pass. Throughout the 2012 campaign, he amassed 26 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble while starting all 16 games for a lackluster Eagles defense.
There’s a good chance that the Seahawks will lose at least one if not both of their starting defensive tackles this offseason. Alan Branch and Jason Jones are both headed for free agency and have yet to be re-signed. If Seattle fails to re-sign one or both of them, they’ll need to add some experience in the middle.
The Seahawks have a comfortable cushion between them and the salary cap. Even if Jenkins demands a considerable contract, they would have enough space to bring the veteran aboard for a couple seasons until their young defensive tackles are ready to contribute.
Considering the exponential interest that Jenkins is apparently receiving, the price tag could be too high. I guess that’ll be for the market to decide.