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Malcolm Jenkins' contract gives Saints options after 2 years

Malcolm Jenkins' contract gives Saints options after 2 years

Malcolm Jenkins’ contract with the Saints, as initially reported, is indeed worth $32 million, but the Saints can escape it with minimal dead money after two years if they wish.

Here are the basics:

2020: $1.05 million (base salary) -- $3.3 million (cap hit)

2021: $6.2 million (base salary) -- $8.45 million (cap hit)

2022: $6.75 million (base salary) -- $10 million (cap hit)

2023: $7 million (base salary) -- $10 million (cap hit) 

The deal includes a $9 million signing bonus and $1 million roster bonuses in 2022 and 2023.

The only guaranteed components in the deal are the $9 million signing bonus and the $1.05 and $6.2 million base salaries in 2020 and 2021, for a total of $16.25 million.

So there’s nothing guaranteed beyond the 2021 season.

Jenkins will be 34 at that point, and the structure of the contract protects the Saints in the event that his skills have declined to the point where they don’t want to pay him the $6.75 and $7 million base salaries - and the roster bonuses — the last two years of the deal.

Because Jenkins’ signing bonus is $9 million, it’s pro-rated at $2.25 million per year over the four years. 

So if they decided to release him after 2021, they would only be on the hook for $4.5 million in dead money and gain $5.5 million cap savings. If they released him after 2022, he would only count $2.25 million in dead money and provide $7.75 million in cap savings. In either case, the Saints would not have to pay those $1 million roster bonuses or the sizable 2022 and 2023 base salaries.

As a two-year deal, the contract is worth $16.25 million. As a three-year deal, it’s worth $24 million.

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Eagles 2020 breakout candidate: K’Von Wallace primed for a big rookie year

Eagles 2020 breakout candidate: K’Von Wallace primed for a big rookie year

Over the next two weeks, I’m taking a look at 10 Eagles players who might be primed for a breakout season in 2020. I looked at Boston Scott yesterday. 

Up today: K’Von Wallace 

Age: 22

How acquired: Drafted in 4th round (No. 127)

Entering: Year 1 

It might seem overly ambitious to name a fourth-round rookie as a breakout candidate but there are reasons it isn’t crazy. 

While Wallace was the 127th selection in this year’s draft, he’s considered by many to be be a steal in the fourth round. In fact, ProFootballFocus named Wallace one of the biggest steals in the entire 2020 draft class.

At Clemson, Wallace was a three-year starter and played 59 games for the Tigers. He was a versatile player at Clemson, playing strong safety, free safety and some as the nickel corner. That type of versatility is likely one of the attributes that really attracted the Eagles to him. 

Another huge part of Wallace’s game is his physicality. 

Check out what VP of player personnel Andy Weidl said about Wallace after the Eagles drafted him: 

“You know, the thing about K'Von Wallace is his tape, and what stuck out was his physicality, his tackling, his ability to play around the line of scrimmage. The mentality he played with, the motor he played with. He's a guy that likes contact. He gets to the ball. He passes people to the ball, and when he gets there, he strikes. We saw that. It was consistent with the motor that he played with, the mentality he played with, and we really enjoyed it and thought he fit what we were doing and what we're putting together here.”

At 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, Wallace isn’t the biggest player and he’s not a speed demon. His 4.53 time in the 40 put him in the 65th percentile among safeties. 

But it’s not like Wallace isn’t athletic. He is. 

During the pre-draft process, Wallace became one of my favorite players and I actually mocked him to the Eagles several times. He seems to check a lot of their boxes for defensive backs. He’s instinctive, competitive and versatile. 

And a reason he has a chance to break out, perhaps more than many of his fellow rookies, is opportunity. The Eagles will be able to get him into the rotation and the only players in front of him are Jalen Mills and Will Parks, who are both on one-year deals. 

While Mills knows the Eagles’ defense, he’s switching positions this offseason from corner to safety. And while Parks knows the position, he’s switching teams this offseason from Denver to Philly. 

Maybe Mills or Parks becomes a long-term solution — it’s certainly possible — but the Eagles drafted Wallace and if he impresses enough early, he should be at least given a chance to win the safety job next to Rodney McLeod, not just for this season but for the future too. 

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

Eagles center Jason Kelce on Monday night was inspired to post about the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests after hearing discussion during the Eagles’ team meeting today. 

In particular, Kelce said he felt an obligation to speak out after hearing DeSean Jackson’s speech to the team. 

Here are Kelce’s full comments: 

Kelce, 32, is one of the longest-tenured players on the team and an established team leader. He does not often post on social media but felt an obligation in the wake of Floyd’s death. 

Kelce was not the only Eagles player moved by the Eagles’ team meeting on Monday. Kicker Jake Elliott also posted about it: 

It’s important during these times for white players to speak up against racism and several white Eagles have done so in the last few days. Most notably, franchise quarterback Carson Wentz spoke out against “institutional racism” on Thursday. 

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