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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Jenkins restructure a no-brainer for Eagles

By Dan Graziano

I never believed there was a chance that defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins would not be back with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, but as long as that $5 million March roster bonus was hanging out there, I guess the questions about his status weren't completely ridiculous. Anyway, the Eagles and Jenkins have agreed on a restructuring of Jenkins' contract that will allow him to stay in Philadelphia, where his current employer is extremely happy with him.

Jenkins was due a $2.75 million salary in 2012 in addition to the bonus, which would have made his 2012 cap number $7.75 million. Presumably, the restructure gives the Eagles some relief on that. Which is good for them, because they wanted and needed Jenkins back. He's a complete professional, a strong locker room presence for a locker room that needs those. He's a Super Bowl champion on a team full of guys who haven't experienced what it means to be that. He was an anchor for the defensive line in 2011, and his versatility (he can play end in a pinch) plays right into what defensive line coach Jim Washburn likes to do with his personnel up front.

The Eagles and Jenkins were a good match last summer, and the way he played and carried himself during the season made it obvious that it would be greatly beneficial for the team to keep him around. Now, it's certain that the Eagles will.