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Saints 2014 Free Agent Rankings, Part 2

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#5 – Malcolm Jenkins, Safety

Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) carries the ball in front of New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) in the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Malcolm Jenkins, a leader of the Saints defense and in bow-tie etiquette, has come a long way since his rookie season in 2009. He finished out with a career high in sacks (2.5), and would tie his career highs in forced fumbles (2) and interceptions (2). He made less tackles this season, which is a great thing, but graded negatively on his 830 snaps this season at -6.0.

2014 Outlook: The Saints have to look at Jenkins as a Catch-22. If they want to keep him, they would likely have to sever ties with Roman Harper, which saves them only $2.18M, and hope that Jenkins is fine with taking a big pay cut. Harper restructured his contract last season, and Jenkins was the sixth highest cap number on the 2013 Saints at $4M. It doesn’t look like the Saints can keep both, but either way, Kenny Vaccaro is a starter next season. His opposite is TBD.