Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins will play through his current deal
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is looking for a new contract, but he won’t let his lack of a new deal become a distraction to the team, and he even intends to play through his current contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter told 97.5 The Fanatic.
“Nothing will change towards the season,” Schefter said. “He’ll be there (at training camp). He’ll play through this contract and at some point they’ll address that at the appropriate time, but it’s not going to be this year. He’s going to be there. He’s going to be a good soldier and be the great teammate he’s been. I expect him to be the great player he is. I’m just telling you it ain’t going to be an issue.”
Jenkins is scheduled to make $11.4 million in 2019.
The 31-year-old is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and registered 97 tackles, a sack, an interception, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and eight passes defended en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Jenkins, who played his collegiate football at Ohio State, was originally selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (14th pick overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
He spent the first five years of his career with the Saints before joining the Eagles in 2014.
Jenkins then went on to become one of the league’s best safeties in Philadelphia, having made three Pro Bowls since signing with the Birds. He has declined a bit over the last two seasons, but he remains a key and productive member of the Eagles’ secondary.