Safety One of the most important free agents in Eagles history, Malcolm Jenkins has announced his retirement from the NFL. He was a key member of the squad that won Super Bowl LII.
Jenkins, who was picked by the Saints in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft from Ohio State, has spent 13 seasons in the league.
The Eagles signed Jenkins in 2014 after he spent the first five seasons with the Saints. The Eagles made a fantastic free agent acquisition with that deal.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement: “In so many ways, Malcolm Jenkins defined everything we want a Philadelphia Eagle to be”. “He was a smart, intellectual, versatile, and trustworthy person. ” he said. He was rough on the inside and out. His words and actions were matched by his emotion on the field and by the professionalism he brought to our facility every single day. He was an inspiring leader.
Not once during games or practise did he take a single snap off. It’s hard to think of a player whose demeanour and style of play better fit the city of Philadelphia than Michael Jordan. It’s hard to overstate the significance of his contributions to Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl victory during his six years in the city.
A three-time Pro Bowler with the Philadelphia Eagles, Jenkins helped the team win its first-ever Super Bowl during his six-year tenure with the team. While with the Eagles, he appeared in 96 games, making 96 starts, recording 11 interceptions, four touchdowns, 12 forced fumbles, 5 1/2 sacks, and 32 tackles for loss.
Jenkins played with the Eagles for six seasons and never missed a game or left the field. Many years, he was one of football’s most trustworthy and intelligent leaders on the other side of the ball. Basically, he had it all.
Since joining Philadelphia in 2007, Jenkins has started 102 of the team’s 102 regular season and postseason games, making him the Eagles’ all-time leading scorer.
During his time with the Eagles, Jenkins appeared in 6,818 of the team’s potential 6,909 defensive snaps (98.7 percent ). After 2,484 consecutive snaps in Philadelphia, he retired. In addition, he played 940 snaps on special teams.
Simply enough, Jenkins will be a Philadelphia Eagles legend. A place in the Eagles Hall of Fame is inevitable for him.
New Orleans was Jenkins’ final home for the next two seasons of his career. Jenkins retired after 32 games despite the fact that he wasn’t the same player he had been for the previous two years. Ex-Saints head coach Sean Payton has always regretted the decision to let Jenkins go at the end of last season. ‘It’s one of the greatest regrets of my life,’ Payton said.