Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that a source has informed him that the released DL Cullen Jenkins never wanted to leave Green Bay and would have interest in signing with the Packers.
Silverstein adds that Jenkins was well-liked and was seen as a “good influence on younger players.”
The Packers lost second-round pick Jerel Worthy towards the end of the season after he tore his ACL, so they could use some extra depth at defensive end. Recent reports indicated that the Packers are expected to meet with free agent DL Chris Canty at some point, so they’re at least checking in on his asking price.
Jenkins could be a decent stop-gap option for them next season, but we’ll have to see what level of interest they have in the idea.
And here come the changes in Philadelphia: Eagles have told DT Cullen Jenkins they plan to release him.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2013
Mike Garafolo tweets that Jenkins’ contract includes an offset in regards to the $1.5 million in guaranteed money, which means the Eagles could save some money if he were to sign with another team.
Jenkins, 32, signed a five-year, $30.375 million contract with the Eagles back in 2011. He has a $4.5 million base salary along with a $1 million roster bonus coming his way this season.
Their moves in free agency garnered a lot of headlines given the names that they brought in, but never amount to the type of success that they were hoping for. Jenkins graded out as the No. 45 defensive tackle in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.
It will be interesting to see if the Packers consider bringing him back in the next few days, as they could still use some extra depth at defensive end.