The Philadelphia Eagles took a major step in revamping the safety position by agreeing with safety Malcolm Jenkins on a three-year deal for a little over $16 million.
Jenkins is a versatile athlete capable of playing both safety and corner. His main responsibility for the Eagles will be at the safety position and boy, could they use the help. Jenkins is experienced at the safety position with 63 starts under his belt, as well as a Super Bowl ring with the New Orleans Saints. There is one more thing that is also on his side: youth.
Jenkins is only 26-years old and won’t turn 27 until December. He can grow with this young core on defense as a safety who can play in the box and lay a lick, and also cover on the back end. Jenkins was formerly a cornerback, so he has excellent instincts in coverage at the safety spot.
The Eagles’ work isn’t done though. With Jenkins in the fold, they still only have three safeties on the roster with second-year man Earl Wolff and practice squad call-up Keelan Johnson. Much more work is to be done at this position. Expect the Eagles to snag another guy in free agency, and also address the position early in the draft.
Get excited, Eagles fans. It looks like the Birds are finally starting to really make a conscious effort at addressing the safety position. This was a heck of a start, adding youth and productivity at the all-important safety spot.