Late Sunday the deal was closed as the Saints wrapped up their top pick Malcolm Jenkins, allowing him to report to camp today.
Jenkins, the Saints 14th pick, was awarded a 5 year deal worth roughly around $20 million with $11 million in guarantees, which sandwiches him in between the figures given to Brian Orakpo who was the 13th pick and Brian Cushing at the 15th pick.
This ends the longest holdout by a Saints player under the Mickey Loomis administration, halting the 10 day or 14 practice absence.
"“We’re glad to have agreed to this five-year deal with Malcolm and look forward to seeing him at practice with his teammates tomorrow,” said Loomis. “He is an intelligent young man and given what we saw from him on the field during the offseason, I’m confident that he will get up to speed sooner rather than later.”"
Jenkins extended absence has put him behind in his maturation in Gregg Williams new defensive scheme, burying himself behind projected starters Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer.
It’s not possible to know if Jenkins was eyed to start from the beginning, but everyone is trying out for a starting role in Gregg Williams new defense, according to Williams himself.
Jenkins certainly has the skill set and seems to be polished enough to be an NFL starter from jump street, although he must look outstanding in his efforts to outshine Porter and Greer to have a shot, as both corners have played lights out so far.
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