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Kris Jenkins announces retirement

Jim Leonhard, Kris Jenkins, Ed Anzalone AP

Kris Jenkins and Cullen Jenkins apparently aren’t going to join forces in Washington after all.

Jenkins announced Wednesday via Facebook that he’s going to retire.

“It is time for the torch to be passed to the younger players. I am going to hang up the cleats! The mind is always willing to play but my body deserves the rest. Thank you for the opportunites to play Carolina and New York,” Jenkins writes.

It’s an unfortunate end to an underrated career, but it’s not a shocking end.  When Jenkins left the field last September after tearing his ACL for the second time in as many years, we assumed he was through as a pro.  Instead, Jenkins rehabbed the injury hard to give himself a chance to play in 2011.

Perhaps he had a setback or maybe he just realized his body wasn’t going to respond well enough this time.  A NFL.com report indicated the Redskins were interested in signing the Jenkins brothers.

A four-time Pro Bowler, Jenkins was one of the most dominant interior linemen of his era when he was healthy.  He played 16 games in six seasons, but played no more than six games in his other four years.

Jenkins’ play seemed to wane in his later Carolina years, but he was always a player opponents had to gameplan for.  A gregarious and intelligent guy, it wouldn’t b a surprise if Jenkins joined the New York media scene.

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33 Responses to “Kris Jenkins announces retirement”
  1. krow101 says: Jul 20, 2011 1:58 PM

    He’s probably up to 400 pounds and knows it’s hopeless.

  2. goldeelox says: Jul 20, 2011 1:59 PM

    Imposing presence and talent continually impeded by injuries. Shame. He got paid though.

  3. killxswitch says: Jul 20, 2011 2:01 PM

    Too bad. Tons of potential but just couldn’t stay healthy.

  4. mvpanthersfan11 says: Jul 20, 2011 2:01 PM

    Sad. He was dominant as a Panther when healthy.

  5. pantherfan89 says: Jul 20, 2011 2:06 PM

    He was awesome in Carolina. Nobody could stop him well except that knee… oh, and that shoulder, and that knee again….. Too bad he coulda been a contender. Thanks for the memories Jenks. Good luck on the retirement.

  6. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 20, 2011 2:08 PM

    I would not be suprised if Cullen did as well. That would bust the Redskins Bubble.

  7. phinheads says: Jul 20, 2011 2:10 PM

    THANK GOD ! This guy has wreaked enough havoc on Miamis continuous carousel of chump quarterbacks. Now Henne will have a chance to at least throw the ball out of bounds. LOL

  8. isonic1 says: Jul 20, 2011 2:11 PM

    Ah, the knowledgeable source said he was going to sign with the Redskins. Wha happen!?!

  9. doctorfootball says: Jul 20, 2011 2:12 PM

    Field turf claims another victim

  10. p01ntman says: Jul 20, 2011 2:18 PM

    I have questions.
    Why do this now? Why not wait until the new agreement is in place?
    Wouldn’t the new agreement give him better retirement benefits?
    Does this mean that the new agreement for the retired players isn’t all that great?

    What does this all mean?

  11. goawayeverybody says: Jul 20, 2011 2:21 PM

    :( :( :(

  12. rugdog100 says: Jul 20, 2011 2:25 PM

    Who? ;)

  13. connorchew says: Jul 20, 2011 2:28 PM

    wow, that’s surprising. i was planning on getting him in madden to anchor my d :[

  14. flapjackdaddy says: Jul 20, 2011 2:33 PM

    This may was unblockable. Really sucks for the Jets that he couldn’t get back into 2008 form, when he was an early season darkhorse for DPOY.

  15. catman72 says: Jul 20, 2011 2:37 PM

    Happy retirement Kris, glad to know your best years and only SB appearance were spent in a Panthers uniform

  16. ampats says: Jul 20, 2011 2:38 PM

    Injuries took their toll on his career. Seems like a good guy during the playoff run last year in ESPN.

    Was one of the Jets players that needed to be accounted for.

  17. rectumnearlykilledem says: Jul 20, 2011 2:39 PM

    At least he was able to win a couple Super Bowls with the Jets after Rex made those guarantees.

  18. CKL says: Jul 20, 2011 2:41 PM

    doctorfootball says: Jul 20, 2011 2:12 PM

    Field turf claims another victim
    ____________________________
    His injuries while in Car were from FT? Thought they were both @ home on grass.
    Guy was just injury prone. Also eating all those doughnuts and drinking himself silly after his first big injury in Car didn’t help.

  19. jgrange says: Jul 20, 2011 2:46 PM

    I hope his first stop on his retirement tour is stop at NFLN and pimp slap Warren Sapp on set.

  20. benh999 says: Jul 20, 2011 2:47 PM

    “it wouldn’t b a surprise”

    Can you please proofread what you write for once? I don’t mind you deleting my comments that point out the boneheaded errors you make. But since you are reading them, you could at least correct glaring errors and aim a tad higher in the future.

  21. gregjennings85 says: Jul 20, 2011 2:50 PM

    The way Cullen told it to a local Milwaukee paper a few years ago, Kris was never a big factor in high school, as Cullen was the star athlete of the family.

    Then, Kris grew from under 6′ to 6’4″, 330 lbs, and he became a highly touted college recruit.

    Cullen, meanwhile, never enjoyed such a growth spurt, and had to settle for Central Michigan.

  22. gregjennings85 says: Jul 20, 2011 2:54 PM

    …I’d say it worked out PRETTY well for both Jenkins Bros., though.

  23. southbeachtalent says: Jul 20, 2011 2:59 PM

    I thought he retired 2 years ago?

  24. drgfri says: Jul 20, 2011 3:04 PM

    Rex will miss his routine display of “awesome footwork”

  25. jahbird says: Jul 20, 2011 3:17 PM

    LOL, Jason La Canfora strikes again. If this guy’s an insider because he works for the NFL, then I’m a Pentagon insider because I live near Crystal City.

    When he reports on the Redskins, feel free to assume the opposite is true.

  26. turk2875 says: Jul 20, 2011 3:44 PM

    Kris Jenkins, Julius Peppers, and Mike Rucker was a beast D-Line.

  27. coutre says: Jul 20, 2011 3:51 PM

    You can retire from the continually injured list? Does that mean he’s actually going to play a whole season?

  28. jetsarestacked says: Jul 20, 2011 3:58 PM

    when healthy he was one of the most dominating defensive players i have ever seen. i loved seeing him take on and handle triple teams or just plain manhandle an olineman who had the misfortune of handling him one on one. he didnt play all that much for the jets, but his personality made him one of my alltime favorites.

  29. elmoron says: Jul 20, 2011 4:13 PM

    “Gregarious” is an understatement. A great player with a wonderful sense of humor. Enjoy your retirement Jenks, and thanks for the memories.

  30. pdxpanther says: Jul 20, 2011 4:50 PM

    This guy was lazy back in his Panther days, only tried his best when it benefitted him.

  31. kcflake says: Jul 20, 2011 5:10 PM

    What a Woman! (for the 4th time) The D Bag has deleted 3 of my posts.

  32. red513 says: Jul 20, 2011 5:10 PM

    Jenkins was one of my favorite guys in the NFL, and I’m not a Panthers or Jets fan. He was dominant when healthy and he has a great personality and sense of humor. I hope he signs with the NFLN and replaces the blowhard known as Jamie Dukes.

  33. bossyrossy says: Jul 20, 2011 5:34 PM

    If there is one thing Dan Snyder hates, its losing a big-money free agent signing to retirement.

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