Malcolm Jenkins was indeed offered to the Saints

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On Saturday, PFT reported that the Eagles offered safety Malcolm Jenkins to the Saints as part of a package that would have allowed the Eagles to land receiver Brandin Cooks. After we supplied it the Eagles didn’t deny it, either spontaneously or in response to requests for comment from folks covering the team.

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tried to create the impression that the Eagles didn’t offer Jenkins to the Saints. The only problem with this is that, you know, they did.

Specifically, the Eagles offered Jenkins, a third-round pick, and a fourth-round pick for Cooks. The Saints wanted Jenkins and a second-round pick.

“Let me explain to you what happened there,” Schefter told 97.5 The Fanatic, via “The Saints wanted Malcolm Jenkins. The Eagles did not want to give up Malcolm Jenkins, OK? So did his name comes up in those talks? Yes, it did. It came up driven from the Saints. The Eagles did not want to part with Malcolm Jenkins.”

“Now, if a trade eventually got worked out, which it never did, for Philadelphia’s standpoint . . . any Brandin Cooks deal in Philadelphia was going to have to involve Malcolm Jenkins. And Philly just wasn’t willing to go to where it was to offer enough to get Brandin Cooks. They just did not want to part with Malcolm Jenkins. But yes, New Orleans wanted him, that’s correct.”

It’s an exercise in semantics. The Eagles may not have “wanted” to lose Jenkins, but they “wanted” Cooks enough to offer Jenkins along with a third-round and a fourth-round draft pick. The Eagles didn’t “want” Cook badly enough to “want” to give the Saints both Jenkins and a second-round pick.

As one league source with knowledge of the talks explained it to PFT in the aftermath of Schefter’s suggestion that Jenkins wasn’t offered to the Saints, the Eagles now want (need) to create the impression Jenkins wasn’t offered to the Saints. Obviously, the Eagles want (need) to avoid creating the impression that Jenkins generally is on the trading block and/or to minimize any potential frustration or confusion from Jenkins or the rest of the team.

Regardless, the Eagles offered Jenkins, a third-round pick, and a fourth-round pick to the Saints for Cooks under trade talks initiated by the Eagles. If the Eagles had been willing to part with both a second-round pick and Jenkins, Cooks would be on the Philadelphia roster.

22 responses to “Malcolm Jenkins was indeed offered to the Saints

  1. Neither ESPN nor Schefter are particularly reliable. They’re about the most agenda-driven people in sports media.

    I’m sure the Eagles are happy to have Jenkins plus Jeffery and Smith at this point, and the Patriots are happy to have Cooks.

  2. NO’s front office leaks like a sieve. If it weren’t for the ever present opportunity to pick Loomis’ pocket most GM’s would probably avoid talking with him about active players like the plague.

  3. “How about Malcolm Jenkins and a 2nd?”

    “We can do Malcolm and a 4th”

    “Malcolm plus a 3rd and a 4th”

    “Excuse me Mr. Lurie…Alshon Jeffery is on line 2”

    “Sorry Mickey…I gotta go”

  4. Harper & Jenkins were big reasons the Saints lost a lot of games in the 4th quarter. Harper gets burned, then Jenkins, then TD or Jenkins gets burned, then Harper, then TD. I say keep him where he is. Eagles aren’t burning up the win-loss column either w/him.

  5. Jenkins was good when the Eagles had a pass rush two years ago under Chip Kelly. Last year the secondary stunk it up

    I’m glad the Saints didn’t bring back a guy who lost us a playoff game or two

  6. Semantics is exactly how these media prognosticators can get away with all of their “sources” material. It’s just like the LaCanfora story about how Bill O’Brien didn’t “want” Brock Osweiler but Rick Smith and Bob McNair did. That’s not a true story since Smith and McNair work with O’Brien on personnel decisions. Brock may not have been O’Brien’s first choice, but that doesn’t mean he was opposed to signing him.

  7. The implications make no sense.

    Losing Jenkins creates$6 million in dead cap space for a team already up against the cap.

    Losing Jenkins further depletes an already depleted secondary, leaving just one starting caliber DB in McCleod.

    Losing Jenkins and 2 draft picks in a draft deep with secondary players takes away resources to address the secondary.

  8. There’s a difference between wanting to trade someone, and understanding almost every player has their price. A team may have no desire to trade a quality player, but if another team wants said player enough, a deal could be worked out. It is not contradictory. I like my car and don’t want to sell it, but if someone were to offer me 20K, good bye car.

  9. thats right keep protesting national anthem and he’ll be playing in Cleveland or canada in no time

  10. I’m going with Adam Schefter report because it is painfully obvious that Pft sources are made up and have been for a long time. Helmet head always calls out other people for not putting their name on it yet never puts a name to his made up stories.

  11. All Shefter said was that the Saints made it clear to the Eagles that any trade would involve Jenkins. He didn’t deny that an offer was made that included Jenkins. Is that better?

  12. Howie Roseman will have an opportunity to address the Jenkins rumor in a radio appearance on SportsRadio 94WIP on Wednesday afternoon. He’ll join Chris Carlin and Ike Reese at 4:30 PM ET.

    I guess if Roseman denys it also, PFT will still stick with UN-named source.

    more . . NBC vs ESPN crime.

  13. The story beneath the story here is that Jenkins was unhappy under Kelly, had one of his best seasons last year after the regime change, is a locker room leader, and the Eagles’ FO thinks well enough of him to make him a part of the conversations about the team’s direction.

    It’s likely that *many* names were floated in the talks around a Cooks trade and that all parties, Jenkins included, agreed that his name is the one that would be the one leaked to the media in order to keep any other names and controversies out of it. Jenkins is a big boy and can handle the heat.

    But there’s no way the Eagles would actually part with him, not with the current condition of their secondary.

    Like the others here, I’ll go with Shefter over “unnamed source” on this one.

  14. I’m glad this deal didn’t go down. I’ll take Jenkins, Jeffrey, and Torey Smith, plus my pic, over Cooks. I don’t see how we would have gotten those two had his money been on our books. Jenkins has played too much slot lately due to roster deficiencies or injuries. When he’s allowed to play safety in this defense he is much better.

    Plus Cooks has yet to show he can play in cold weather on a real field and produce like he does in a dome. His splits while not drastically different, are still different. I’ll take the two guys I know have played outdoors and have achieved. I liked Cooks coming out but they just wanted too much.

    But like someone said earlier there are no winners or losers on this one everybody seems to have gotten what they wanted. Our secondary is bad enough you can’t take Jenk out. He’s all we got. Sheesh.

  15. Jenkins has played better in Philly than he ever did for the Saints. Saints didn’t know how to use him properly I guess. All I know is when I watched him on the Saints he never wrapped up, always lowered his head to tackle and had absolutely no ball instincts. I wouldn’t want him back now or ever.

  16. Here’s how I think the conversation went.
    “Hey I heard Cooks is on the trading block. Anything we have that interests you?”
    “Hmm, we really like Malcolm Jenkins and would to see him back in New Orleans.”
    “Dude, he’s one of our key pieces. I mean, maybe we can let him go for Cooks though.”
    “Well we would need more than just Jenkins. What about next year’s first round pick + Jenkins?”
    “Ok fine, what about Jenkins and your current 2nd rounder?”
    “No dude. Best we can do is Jenkins and 3rd + 4th.”
    “I’ll think about it. We’ll talk later, Bill is on my other line.”

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