The New Orleans Saints star safety free agent Malcolm Jenkins signed a new three-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. According to ESPN on March 11, Jenkins will make $16.25 million over the length of the contract.
This will have a big effect on fellow safety free agent Jarius Byrd, who is visiting with the New Orleans Saints. Byrd wants to get paid around $8 million a season, and if Jenkins left the Saints for just under $6 million a season, there is little chance Byrd will get what he wants.
As for the Eagles, they finally get the star safety they have been looking for to replace Brian Dawkins, who left the team five years ago. Jenkins, 26, has a total of 275 tackles in his five year career with the Saints. He also has six interceptions and four fumble recoveries as well.
Philadelphia released Patrick Chung before signing Malcolm Jenkins.
Outside of signing Jenkins, the Eagles actually tried to work in this year’s NFL free agency period by re-signing their own players instead of bringing in new faces. They brought back Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Jason Peters and more to help them continue to improve as a team.
The Saints are talking to Jarius Byrd about replacing Malcolm Jenkins on their team. Byrd has 22 interceptions over his five year career.