It appears safety Malcolm Jenkins will be joining one of the best teams in the NFC one day after the Eagles decided to move on from him.
According to the NFL Network the New Orleans Saints are close to signing Jenkins, the team that drafted him in the first round in of the 2009 NFL Draft. The Saints come to Philadelphia next year to play the Eagles.
Jenkins has been arguably the Eagles most important defender since joining the team in 2014. He has played in every single game since signing with the team, totaling 515 tackles, 11 interceptions and 12 forced fumbles. The Saints are the only other team Jenkins has played for and it appears for now it will stay that way.
Just how important Jenkins is to the Eagles was on full display last season, when he played played nine different positions over 1,015 snaps for the Eagles. He lined up in the box, at slot corner, at free safety, all over special teams and even registered some snaps that qualified as being along the defensive line, according to Pro Football Focus.
To put into perspective just how versatile Jenkins was to the Eagles, he played 266 snaps at cornerback last season. No actual cornerback played more than 372 in coverage, meaning Jenkins — the team’s starting safety — played almost as much at cornerback as the team’s actual cornerbacks did while also playing safety. Only three safeties and 32 cornerbacks in the entire NFL spent more time in the slot than Jenkins did.
How the Eagles will go about replacing Jenkins remains to be seen, but if they plan on making a deep run in the playoffs anytime soon, replacing him will be key.
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