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Malcolm Jenkins hopes Walter Thurmond is back with Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 03:   Walter Thurmond III #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles picks off a pass from Eli Manning of the New York Giants in the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on January 3, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants 35-30.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Safety Malcolm Jenkins became the most recent member of the Eagles to sign a contract extension with the team on Monday and he pointed to another player that he’d like to see reach agreement on a new deal during a press conference announcing his pact.

Jenkins said that he hopes things work out so that he can continue sharing the secondary with Walter Thurmond, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent next month after playing out his one-year contract with the team. Thurmond moved to safety in 2015 and turned in a strong campaign next to Jenkins.

“His knowledge of the game and his production speaks for itself,” Jenkins said, via “He is a player that can make a lot of plays and made a lot of plays for us. … His versatility freed me up a lot. Very versatile, similar to myself. He played corner his whole career and then his first year at safety was very, very productive.”

Thurmond’s versatility should be appealing on the open market and he said just after the end of the season that he didn’t expect the Eagles to be able to find the money needed to keep him in Philly for another year.

“They only have $17 million in cap space,” Thurmond said, via the Delaware County Times. “Economically it doesn’t make sense for them. I would love to be here. I love playing here. But that’s the way it is.”

With the need to sign a quarterback, Sam Bradford or otherwise, still among the to-do list in Philadelphia, Thurmond may wind up being proven correct.

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10 Responses to “Malcolm Jenkins hopes Walter Thurmond is back with Eagles”
  1. Gronk smash says: Feb 22, 2016 5:15 PM

    When you’re the best team in all of football, you just don’t have these kinds of problems. Players beg to come here for the minimum because they know it’s their best chance at getting a ring.

  2. benfranklinshat says: Feb 22, 2016 5:24 PM

    Most Eagles fans do too.

  3. lovethehate401 says: Feb 22, 2016 6:21 PM

    I would like to see Thurmond back but at slot corner not safety. He started to get picked on a bit late in the year and doesn’t offer much help in rum support.

  4. crappygovernment says: Feb 22, 2016 6:38 PM

    Save money by letting 25-37-1 Sam Bradford go!

  5. dolphins4 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:00 PM

    Bradford is a really good quarterback who had the misfortune to get drafted by the Rams that is why he has a losing record.

  6. pv1960 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:26 PM

    Hopefully, the fairy owner will sign him.

  7. polapea says: Feb 22, 2016 8:30 PM

    I’d rather see them sign Thurmond than Bradford. Bradford is average and there’s no point tying up that much cap space.
    Build the o-line, add to the D (top 5 this yr) and get a stop gap QB. Rely on the D and run game and they could back into the playoffs in the NFC Least. Draft a QB in the next couple yrs to develop.

  8. cobrala2 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:55 PM

    I’m with @lovethehate401… Thurmond started strong but disappeared (along with the rest of our defense) as the season went on. I trust Malcolm but Thurmond hasn’t really done anything to deserve a long-term contract.

  9. phillyhomer says: Feb 22, 2016 11:50 PM

    Billy Davis liked to run two free safeties that used to be corners. Jim Schwartz likes to run a traditional hard hitting strong safety. Why drop all of that $ for someone who doesn’t fit the scheme? I really liked Thurmond’s play and wish him well, but I would rather have Jenkins playing free safety.

  10. Pftsliberalagenda says: Feb 23, 2016 9:20 AM

    Kirk cousins hopes he is too!

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