The New York Giants needed to find a player who could help plug the middle on the defensive line. The Giants were horrible against the run, which was a huge reason why they finished next to last in total defense. The Giants released DL Chris Canty, who was one of their interior defenders on the line. However, Canty missed pretty much the first half of the season due to injury and became expendable once the Giants needed to cut salary.
The Giants have now filled that hole with former Philadelphia Eagles‘ DL Cullen Jenkins, signing him to a three-year deal worth $8 million. Jenkins is expected to start right away, granted he can stay healthy. That shouldn’t be a problem for Jenkins, as he’s played every game with the Eagles without any injury issues. Cullen, the younger brother of former Carolina Panthers DL Kris Jenkins, was a big force during his years with the Green Bay Packers.
While this deal was the best offer Jenkins could receive at age 32, he should not get too comfortable. If anyone is thinking far down the road, the Giants will most likely need to maneuver pieces and make moves as well in order to get some cap flexibility. That would probably mean Jenkins could be one of the players who will have to restructure his deal or get cut. Jenkins is a very capable player, but he isn’t young enough to make a long-term investment in.
If there was a better deal out there for Jenkins, he should’ve taken it. At least he got $3 million guaranteed. However, it’s unlikely he’ll be there all three years.