Last week, in my Eagles offseason team needs post, I wrote that there was an outside chance the Eagles could cut Cullen Jenkins, due to his impending $5 million roster bonus, which would bring his 2012 number to $7.5 million:
Defensive tackle – Cullen Jenkins is set to make $7.75 million this season. He has a $5 million roster bonus coming his way on March 13th. I personally feel it’s a no-brainer to keep him, but there’s certainly a possibility that the Eagles could cut him, which would open up a hole at the under tackle spot in the Eagles’ wide 9. Even if the Eagles keep Jenkins, they could be drafting here for depth.
The Eagles did more than just keep him. It appears they’re bringing him back at a more cap-friendly number:
The Eagles could still address the DT position in the draft, looking for a long-term solution there, as Les Bowen notes above that Jenkins is 31 years old. For more on the Eagles’ DT situation, check out Tommy Lawlor’s DT post yesterday:
There have been some questions about whether the Eagles should pay Cullen Jenkins the big roster bonus that he’s due in March. Yes. Yes. And yes. He earned the money with a great showing in 2011. He was also a leader in the locker room. The only other possibility here that would make any sense would be to not pay the bonus and then use that money to go after Titans FA Jason Jones. I think that would be a mistake, but at least that move would make some sense. Jones is a natural 1-gap DT who can be very disruptive. The Titans played him at DE this year and he was a non-factor. Still…I think you need to keep Jenkins. He was the Eagles best DT in years. Letting him go would be odd, to put it mildly. Just look at the drop off the Packers defense had without him. They went from Top 10 to the bottom of the league.
No need to worry about that scenario anymore.
I’ll update this later when the details of the restructuring are revealed.