After touring his way through what seemed like the entire NFL, free agent defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins has finally found himself a new home.
On Sunday, just days before the start of free agency, the New York Giants signed Jenkins to a three-year, $8-million deal. NFL.com’s Kimberly Williams broke the news via Twitter.
Jenkins, who was released from the Philadelphia Eagles back on February 25, will stay in the NFC East as the Giants attempt to rebuild an aging, depleted defensive line that was once considered among the best in the NFL.
Upon his release, Jenkins received a tidal wave of interest from several teams around the league, including the Giants. He met with the Giants on March 1, but left without a deal in hand. He proceeded to visit the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders on a West Coast tour, but ultimately opted to stay on the East Coast and join the G-Men.
Jenkins projects as the starting defensive tackle opposite Linval Joseph in the Giants’ 40 front. With Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul on the outsides, expect Jenkins to return to a similar type of impact that he enjoyed during his days with the Green Bay Packers.
This is a great move for the 32-year-old Jenkins, who should be able to contribute immediately for the Giants. He brings a physical presence to the interior and can be force as a pass-rusher.
The best part, at least for the Giants, is that they got him at a reasonable price.