Malcom Jenkins is at it again. Shortly after the Eagles were eliminated from the playoffs, safety Malcolm Jenkins told reporters that he expects to receive a new deal from the Eagles during the offseason or will be playing elsewhere next year. Can the Eagles keep him?
“I won’t be back on the same deal. That won’t happen,” Jenkins said as players cleaned out their lockers following Sunday’s 17-9 wild-card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The 32year-old Jenkins is entering the final year of his four-year deal. The deal, $35 million and is scheduled to make a base salary of $7.6 million next season. This is significantly less than the $14 top players like Earl Thomas and Landon Collins are making.
Jenkins made his desire for a new contract known during last offseason. This when he skipped voluntary workouts in the spring. However, was in attendance for mandatory activities. Even though he missed voluntary workouts, Jenkins played 100 percent of the defensive snaps for the fifth time in six seasons. He finished with 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 8 passes defensed and 4 forced fumbles. A force not to be messsed with.
Will Malcom Jenkins Be Signed by Eagles?
Jenkins and team owner Jeffrey Lurie had a conversation about his contract status before the start of the season that made him feel valued by the team. However, there hasn’t been any progress on a new contract since. Could this mean the Eagles are looking to shop around?
“I’m not one to beg,” Jenkins said. “I am a very prideful person, so I feel like what I put out there this year, what I put on tape, what I’ve given to this team is more than enough. I can’t do any more. So for me, I feel good about that; that it’ll be good enough for me to go into this offseason with certainty that I’ll be fine.”
“I want to be valued. Also, I want to be compensated for what I’m worth. However, I want to win, I want to be in a good locker room,” Jenkins said of his priorities. “I’m a prideful person who enjoys to compete and win, but I’m not a dummy either. So at this point in my career, I weigh all these things.”