The Chip Kelly era has started in Philadelphia with the release announced today of defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins who was supposed to be part of the 2011 “Dream Team” that was simply a nightmare. But Jenkins was actually sought after by the New Orleans Saints prior to him signing with the Eagles.
When the Saints were trying to re-haul their defensive unit on the front four, Jenkins was in their sights. However, Jenkins became part of the high dollar spending that the Eagles used to try to revamp their own franchise. Jenkins was given a 5-year, $25 million contract which was out of the price range for the Saints.
In his two years with the Eagles he has registered 9.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 50 QB hurries, and 66 tackles. Though the Saints have moved to a 3-4 scheme, he could still be effective in getting pressure on the quarterback as a tackle or an end.
It all depends though on if Jenkins would want to sign for a meager contract that the Saints would be able to offer since they still remain at a reported $16 million over the current salary cap. With defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis headed out the door, this would be a nice pick up for the Saints.