The team has announced they have signed safety Malcolm Jenkins to a three-year deal. Multiple reports state the deal is worth $16.25 million with $8.5 million guaranteed. Jenkins spent his first five years in the league with the New Orleans Saints.
Jenkins, 26, had 2.5 sacks and two interceptions with 68 total tackles in 2013 for the Saints. The 6'0", 204 lbs. safety can blitz and cover in the slot as he was a cornerback at Ohio State before getting drafted 14th overall in 2009. Despite being a former-cornerbck, Jenkins isn't great in coverage and missed 16 tackles last season so he won't shutdown the run. With all that said, Jenkins is a good player who can do a lot but is not elite in one area.
He is absolutely an improvement over what the Eagles have and the Jenkins signing, combined with the release of Patrick Chung, has already bolstered the secondary.
And for those who had dreams of Jairus Byrd in midnight green, your hopes aren't doused. NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports the Eagles might not be done upgrading at safety although it looks slim the Eagles add Byrd.
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