Eagles weren’t willing to invest in Malcolm Jenkins into the future

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Malcolm Jenkins was everything teams say they want in a player — good at his job, always available, a leader in the locker room and in the community.

At least until he wanted more money and a commitment for the future.

Via Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, Eagles General Manager said the usual thing a team says when they cut a veteran, but noted the time element was the important one.

“The hardest part of this job is that you have to make tough decisions, and you have to figure out where you’re going to do that,” Roseman said. “When you have people and players who have given the team so much and the city so much and me personally so much, these are hard things to do.

“But we’re trying to balance what we can do this year and what we can do going forward.”

The Eagles were apparently willing to work with Jenkins on a raise for 2020, but not add years to a deal for the 32-year-old.

“As much as you want to show gratitude for past performance and loyalty, you also have to have one eye on the future,” Roseman said. “It’s just the nature of where we are right now as a sport. You see it with Hall of Fame players leaving their teams. Quarterbacks. Tight ends. You see it. You can’t sign everyone. For us, we had to make some tough decisions. We had conversations with his representative. We understood what was important to him and what he was looking for. But we also were trying to balance that with what we were trying to do in the offseason.

“We’re in a position now with our team where we’re going to have to lose some guys.”

Having the Carson Wentz contract value rising in the future is going to force them into more difficult decisions, but letting Jenkins go was still a painful move. The veteran safety played in every game during his six years with the Eagles, and every snap the last two years when the Eagles were depleted by injuries throughout the roster.

The Saints were happy to bring him aboard, quickly moving to five him a four-year, $32 million deal, making the commitment the Eagles would not.

8 responses to “Eagles weren’t willing to invest in Malcolm Jenkins into the future

  1. As much as you want to show gratitude for past performance and loyalty, you also have to have one eye on the future,” Roseman said

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    Roseman has had both eyes firmly on the past since the Superbowl.

    All he’s done in the last 2 years until this offseason is keep extending everyone on the Superbowl team. Sproles should’ve been let go at least a year before Roseman finally saw the light. Jeffery has been in decline and a distraction for the last 2 years yet Roseman guaranteed his 2020 salary.

    Jeffery is going to continue to be a roadblock for this team in both the locker room and on the field (when he is cleared to play). What should’ve been an easy decision is now an anchor.

  2. Never easy to let ‘key guys’ go for all teams. It looks REALLY bad if you can’t replace the guy, like the Eagles couldn’t with Dawkins.. If their investments in the DBs, and front line pay-off, where they are now younger, faster and stronger, maybe they take some pressure of the safety (Eagles still have the other starting safety).

    Of course, it is always interesting when another teams swoops in and signs the guy almost instantly. He definitely has some football left, its a shame the two could find away to make it last another 2 years. Good luck to both sides, hopefully both gets what is best for them.

  3. Welcome back to the team that drafted you, and who you played with for 4 years. The Saints! Now be sure to show off your interception skills by picking off Tom Brady and Matt Ryan.

  4. Some things really curious here. Malcolm wanted more from the Eagles, a big raise, but settled for the same money from the Saints for a longer term. Malcolm really did not give the Eagles a “fair shake”. If the deal was for the same money for four years, with an easy out of the contract after two (that is the Saints deal), I would not be surprised if Howie would not have considered that. So one of the sides didn’t want to continue Malcolm in Philly……….but they are both covering there behinds. Nobody’s talking which one it was, but you can be sure there is more to this than has been reported.

  5. dutch388 says:
    March 27, 2020 at 10:29 am
    Some things really curious here. Malcolm wanted more from the Eagles, a big raise, but settled for the same money from the Saints for a longer term. Malcolm really did not give the Eagles a “fair shake”. If the deal was for the same money for four years, with an easy out of the contract after two (that is the Saints deal), I would not be surprised if Howie would not have considered that. So one of the sides didn’t want to continue Malcolm in Philly……….but they are both covering there behinds. Nobody’s talking which one it was, but you can be sure there is more to this than has been reported.
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    My theory is that Malcolm had some bad blood after they told him he wasn’t getting a new deal before last season so he wanted that ol’ Donovan McNabb ‘financial apology’. Howie told him to pound sand, especially after he clearly slowed down last season.

  6. eagleswin says:
    March 27, 2020 at 7:19 am

    As much as you want to show gratitude for past performance and loyalty, you also have to have one eye on the future,” Roseman said

    ———————

    Roseman has had both eyes firmly on the past since the Superbowl.

    All he’s done in the last 2 years until this offseason is keep extending everyone on the Superbowl team. Sproles should’ve been let go at least a year before Roseman finally saw the light. Jeffery has been in decline and a distraction for the last 2 years yet Roseman guaranteed his 2020 salary.

    Jeffery is going to continue to be a roadblock for this team in both the locker room and on the field (when he is cleared to play). What should’ve been an easy decision is now an anchor.

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    Agreed, but the bright side is that in one way or another, Howie has been talking about a youth movement since December, and this off season, he has backed that up.

    They’ve re-loaded with some good personnel on defense. Now they need receivers and…believe it or not…they need to replenish the backfield. No Jordan Howard? No Corey Clement? That means that if Miles Sanders goes down (and he *did* get injured last year), we have to rely on Boston Scott and…who else? They also need to draft more big boys to protect Wentz, especially if Dillard continues to play suspect football.

  7. Eagles weren’t willing to invest in Malcolm Jenkins into the future
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    Weren’t willing or with all the huge contracts they’ve already handed out they weren’t able?

    Remember Wentz is a $34.7mil, Cox $22.4mil, Johnson $16.5mil, Jeffery $18.5mil and Jackson $11.9mil Ertz $12.5mil cap hit in 2021!

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