Malcolm Jenkins

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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Top Eagles storylines at 2019 mandatory minicamp

Top Eagles storylines at 2019 mandatory minicamp

After a few weeks of voluntary OTA practices, today is the first mandatory session of the entire offseason. 

The Eagles’ mandatory minicamp is three days, running through Thursday. Players already reported for physicals.

These practices are still light; they’re not like training camp. Players can’t wear pads, so we’re talking about players in shorts and helmets. And practices can’t be any longer than 2½ hours.  

This three-day minicamp is the last time the team will be all together until training camp kicks off in late July. 

Here are some storylines to watch: 

Oh, hey, Malcolm! 

During the voluntary portion of the offseason, Malcolm Jenkins was uncharacteristically absent from the NovaCare Complex because of a purported contract dispute. But he reported for his physical on Monday, according to ESPN. 

Had Jenkins skipped this entire minicamp, he could have been fined a total of $88,650. That won’t happen now.

Hopefully we'll hear from Jenkins and find out just how unhappy he might be or we’ll find out if this whole thing was blown way out of proportion. 

It’s not that Jenkins is getting peanuts, but he has outplayed his contract that has him ranked as the ninth-highest-paid safety in the league. Jenkins has two years left on his deal. He’ll make $8.1 million in base salary this year and $7.6 million next year. 

The rest of the group

Aside from Jenkins, there have been other MIA players this spring, but those guys should definitely be back. Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor, who all missed at least some time this spring, will be back on the field. Peters, Johnson and Jeffery missed all four OTA practices (out of 10 total) open to reporters. 

We haven’t gotten a chance to talk to Peters since he re-did his deal to stick around for another year or since the Eagles drafted Andre Dillard in the first round as his eventual replacement. He can be a hard guy to find and he isn’t required to talk to reporters this week, but we’ll see if it happens. 

O-line depth chart 

With some of the missing veterans back, we’ll get a better sense of depth charts. 

During OTAs, the starting OL looked like this: Dillard, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jordan Mailata

It should look like this at minicamp: Peters, Seumalo, Kelce, Big V (?), Johnson 

The Eagles have been cross-training Vaitai at guard this spring, but if they have him with the first team (in place of a recovering Brandon Brooks) during this mandatory portion, it’ll tell me they’ve liked what they’ve seen so far and that he really might be a fit as a depth guard and tackle. Stefen Wisniewski, who has started 24 games in three years with the Eagles, was the second-team center for much of OTAs. 

Wentz with full weapons 

Carson Wentz got paid since the last time we saw him on the practice field. His four-year extension worth $128 million was signed on Thursday. During the four OTA practices we saw this spring, Wentz looked great. We shouldn’t get too carried away, but it’s a good sign as he gets back from that back injury and further away from the knee injury. 

In mandatory minicamp, Wentz should have his full complement of weapons and it’s a scary group. All three top receivers will be out there, as well as his top tight ends and hopefully most of his running backs. Miles Sanders has been dealing with a hamstring injury and the Eagles have just been showing patience with him. Corey Clement is still recovering, but should be back by training camp

But if Wentz has everyone, it’s a dangerous group: 

WRs: Jeffery, Jackson, Agholor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside

TEs: Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert 

RBs: Jordan Howard, Sanders

Cornerback battle continues 

One of the most intriguing storylines with this Eagles team is in the secondary, specifically at cornerback. The Eagles have six corners they really like and six corners who at least deserve a shot to earn a starting job: Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox, Cre’Von LeBlanc. 

Don’t expect to see Darby or Mills practicing this week, so we’ll likely get more Douglas, Jones and Maddox working with the ones. Jim Schwartz said final determinations aren’t made in the spring, but it’s a bit of a proving ground for all of these prideful corners. 

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Report: Malcolm Jenkins will attend mandatory minicamp after skipping Eagles' OTAs

Report: Malcolm Jenkins will attend mandatory minicamp after skipping Eagles' OTAs

After skipping the voluntary portion of the Eagles’ spring, safety Malcolm Jenkins has reported to mandatory minicamp, which kicks off Tuesday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jenkins reported for his physical today and will participate at practice starting Tuesday.

Jenkins, 31, is purportedly unhappy with his contract, which has two years left. He has outplayed the deal that has him ranked as the ninth highest-paid safety in the league, but he’s still scheduled to have base salaries of $8.1 million and $7.6 million over the next two seasons.

Had Jenkins missed this three-day minicamp, the Eagles could have fined him a total of $88,650, but his reporting should help de-escalate the situation and possibly help resolve it if the Eagles are willing to work with him. For a couple weeks, Schefter had the opinion that Jenkins would not report for this mandatory camp, but that turned out to be an incorrect opinion.

It’s important to note that Jenkins has not missed any mandatory practice. Everything he skipped this spring was voluntary and he wasn’t the only one to miss practices. It’s just that he was the only one who seemed to be missing because of a contract-related reason.

It would be hard to overstate Jenkins’ importance to the Eagles. He has made the Pro Bowl in three of his five seasons in Philadelphia and has played just about every snap on defense and many more on special teams. He plays safety, linebacker and nickel corner. Last season, he was the only member of the starting secondary to make it through the year. And he’s the unquestioned leader of the defense.

Even though he’s on the wrong side of 30 now, Jenkins is clearly one of the most important players on the roster and having him at the mandatory camp is certainly a good sign.

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