From 2004 to 2010, nose tackle Cullen Jenkins was a dominate force up the middle for the Green Bay Packers defense. After spending two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Jenkins was released last month and has said that he is open to returning to the Packers.
Green Bay struggled with both their pass rush and their run defense up the middle and Jenkins would be a great addition for the defense. Jenkins had 29 sacks in his seven seasons with the Packers and was always a force up the middle. After the Super Bowl during the 2010 season Jenkins left the team and the defense has not been the same. Defensive tackle B.J. Raji has been on the decline after his spectacular rookie season which has been a big problem with the interior defense.
The Packers have not expressed interest in signing Jenkins back onto the team, but Jenkins’ agent Brian Levy says that Jenkins would be interested in a return.
“He wants to go where he’s going to get an opportunity to play and be a part of a team that has a chance to compete for the Super Bowl,” said Levy. “I think Green Bay provides him with both those opportunities. Plus he’s been there – I don’t think he wanted to leave in the first place.”
Jenkins, now 32, played well with the Eagles in his two seasons with the team, totaling 9,5 sacks and played in all 32 games. Durability is something the Packers will be looking for as Jenkins’ replacement after he left in 2010, Mike Neal, has struggled staying on the field due to injuries and suspensions.
Since Jenkins won’t be asking for a contract like he was after the 2010 season, Green Bay might be willing to sign the free agent left tackle this offseason. For now though all we can do is wait.
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