The Philadelphia Eagles wasted no time in filling the safety spot they opened up with the release of Patrick Chung by signing Malcolm Jenkins to a three-year, $16.25 million deal. All of the Eagles’ analysts and reporters were calling for the team to make both of these moves, but why in the world would they give him $5.4 million per year?
Sure, Jenkins has a Super Bowl ring and was a second-team All-Pro in 2010, but in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately? world that is the NFL these days, this was way too much money for an average defensive back. But it’s the Eagles — what do you expect?
Philly is trying to mimic the old-school approach the Seattle Seahawks used at safety during their Super Bowl run this past season, but that’s easier said than done. The Eagles are looking to get a traditional free and strong safety and Jenkins is a solid zone coverage guy with experience covering the slot receiver and you don’t get more traditional than that. But he’s also not a suitable fit for an Earl Thomas or Kam Chancellor mold, which is what Philly wants him to be.
Jenkins doesn’t have the lateral mobility needed for that, which is why he’s playing safety in the first place. The big thing on Jenkins is he can do a lot of things pretty well, but he doesn’t do anything really well, which is what you need in a traditional free safety. Had the Eagles signed him for half the money they did, this would be a great move. But for $16.25 million, they’ll regret this just like they regretted signing Nnamdi Asomugha a few years back.