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Contract talks ‘ongoing,’ Malcolm Jenkins thinks he’s outplayed his old deal

Contract talks ‘ongoing,’ Malcolm Jenkins thinks he’s outplayed his old deal

If there was any question as to what Malcolm Jenkins thinks about his current deal with the Eagles, he clearly answered it on Tuesday.

He wants his contract re-worked.

Jenkins, 31, has two years left on the four-year extension he signed three years ago. He’s set to have base salaries of $8.1 million and $7.6 million over the next two seasons before becoming a free agent.

“As a player, I feel like I’ve outplayed that contract,” Jenkins said.

While there doesn't seem to be any assurances of a new deal, Jenkins said those contract talks between his representation and the Eagles are “ongoing.” He reported on Monday for mandatory minicamp without a new deal.

This offseason, Jenkins skipped all of OTAs for the first time in his career. He said it was weird to be absent for the practices, but his desire for a new contract wasn’t the only reason he skipped. He also took some time off, traveled and spent time on his other endeavors. But it’s pretty clear Jenkins wants more money.

Had he chosen to skip this three-day mandatory minicamp and begin a holdout, Jenkins could have been fined over $88,000. Instead, he was on the field Tuesday, working with the first-team defense at his normal spot.

“I think that at this point in time, for me, I want to get back around the guys,” Jenkins said. “I want to be here, play ball and participate in, obviously, the mandatory portion of the offseason.”

Jenkins said he actually approached the Eagles about his contract immediately after the season. That was before fellow safeties like Tyrann Mathieu, Landon Collins and Earl Thomas signed mega deals this offseason. He said those contracts sort of validated his point.

For now, Jenkins is the ninth highest-paid safety in the league. He is probably right that he’s outplayed his current contract. He’s made the Pro Bowl in three of his five seasons with the Eagles, plays just about every snap and plays multiple positions for a defense of which he is the clear leader.

Jenkins saw what those other guys got paid. He re-assessed his market value.

“When you’re under contract, you can’t be out to be the highest paid out there, nor do I want to be,” Jenkins said. “But you want to be within the ballpark of what your value is.”

Jenkins said he has a great relationship with owner Jeff Lurie, which is one of the reasons he feels comfortable being with the Eagles at minicamp without a new contract. He said he feels valued and respected.

This situation could have turned ugly, but it doesn’t seem like it has.

“I think they understand the value that I bring,” Jenkins said. “I feel respected, which I think is the biggest part as a player. You want to make sure you’re valued and that you feel respected, but there is a business side of it.”

Jenkins reported to mandatory minicamp and plans to be at training camp in July even if he doesn’t have a new contract. But on Tuesday, he was very open about his desire to get paid more.

Does he think a new deal is going to be worked out?

“Those things are ongoing,” Jenkins said. “For me, I hire an agent to have those conversations. Mr. Lurie hires the GM to have those conversations. While I’m here, I’m focused solely on making sure that the product I’m putting on the field is the standard I want.”

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Eagles injury report: A few key players miss another day of practice

Eagles injury report: A few key players miss another day of practice

Updated: 4:27 p.m.

For the second straight day, the Eagles were without three of their most important skill position players as they prepare to face the Lions on Sunday afternoon. 

Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert, who were all listed as “day to day” by Doug Pederson on Wednesday, did not practice Thursday. The Eagles actually held a real practice Thursday after a walkthrough the day before. 

It doesn’t seem likely that any of those three will play against the Lions. 

Because the Eagles had a walkthrough on Wednesday, yesterday’s injury report was an estimation. Here's today's: 

Did not practice: 

Alshon Jeffery (calf), DeSean Jackson (abdomen), Dallas Goedert (calf), Corey Clement (shoulder), Tim Jernigan (foot), Jordan Mailata (back), Johnathan Cyprien (knee) 

Limited: 

Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee), Rudy Ford (hamstring) 

Full: 

Nate Sudfeld (wrist), Derek Barnett (shoulder), Fletcher Cox (toe), Nathan Gerry (knee, calf)

Good news for Grugier-Hill, who is taking part in his first real practice since spraining his MCL in August. It’s probably more realistic to expect him to return to action next Thursday night in Green Bay. 

More good news that Barnett, Cox and Gerry were full participants today after being limited to begin the week. 

Cyprien was the only player who was limited to begin the week and didn’t practice Thursday. 

Mailata worked out on a side field today, as did Jalen Mills (foot), who is still on the PUP. Mills won’t be eligible to return until Week 7. 

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NFL trade rumors: Eagles definitely in the mix for Jalen Ramsey

NFL trade rumors: Eagles definitely in the mix for Jalen Ramsey

The Jalen Ramsey trade winds are blowing strong and the Philadelphia Eagles appear to be in the mix.

Our very own Dave Zangaro wrote about why the Eagles should absolutely kick the tires on Ramsey earlier in the week and not a lot has changed there.

A number of national NFL writers continue to toss the Eagles' name around as a team that could be a landing spot for Ramsey if Howie Roseman chooses to engage. Here's a quick roundup of the latest rumblings regarding the talented but often irksome corner.

Ramsey is expected to play this evening on Thursday Night Football for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said today that, "tomorrow is a more likely target date for a Jalen Ramsey trade."

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said yesterday that the Friday report is "the most artificial deadline in the history of artificial deadlines. There's one deadline, it's Week 9, the trade deadline."

La Canfora points to three teams, "The sense that I'm getting from GMs and personal directors are the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia."

He goes on to say that Jacksonville wants two first-round picks but whether they get that sort of return remains to be seen given their cards are all already on the table and their hand is somewhat forced. Still, Ramsey is an incredible talent that will come at a very steep price.

NBC Sports' Peter King echoed some of those sentiments in a tweet today which again puts Philly right in the hunt for Ramsey. "Roseman unafraid, can offer 1+3+SJones," he wrote in a tweet.

I assume that's a first, a third, and Sidney Jones to get the deal done. Would the Philly fanbase be OK "giving up" on Jones so early in his career when he hasn't had a ton of time to show what he's capable of when healthy? If it lands Ramsey, I'd guess so.

Finally, King adds that inquiring teams would want to talk to Ramsey's agent about a new deal which makes total sense if landing him would come at such a big price.

Thursday Night Football should be interesting this evening when Ramsey's Jags take on the Tennessee Titans on national TV. You know Birds fans will be watching for any drama. 

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