The New Orleans Saints signed Janoris Jenkins in Week 15 of the regular season; did he show them enough to re-sign him?
New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple went down in week 15 of the regular season with an injury. This led to the Saints signing recently-released cornerback Janoris Jenkins. They signed him to a “rest of the season” contract.
Therefore, this offseason Jenkins is a free agent looking for another contract. The big question is, “do the Saints have their cornerback woes answer right in front of them?” Could Janoris Jenkins answer the Eli Apple problem for minimal money and love it.
The cornerback from North Alabama, Florida was released by the Giants after a tweet and subsequently picked up off of waivers by the New Orleans Saints. He played minimal snaps in week 16 but was let loose in week 17 with Eli Apple still out.
In those short spells, Jenkins totaled 15 tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble. Even greater than his stats, he stepped right in and proved that he is better than Eli Apple and the Saints definitely need help at the position.
Jenkins made almost $1.2 million over the course of his short time with the Saints. However, the contract he was on with the New York Giants averaged around $10-12 million per year. That is definitely not outrageous for a guy of his caliber.
Hopefully, he would take a little bit less than that contract to re-sign with the Saints. Jenkins has already made it known that he has made a home in New Orleans and hopes to stay with the team for the foreseeable future.
Jenkins would allow the Saints to refocus free agency and the NFL draft on other positions outside of the need for a cornerback to play alongside Marshon Lattimore. The best move the Saints could make at the cornerback position is to let Apple go and to re-sign Jenkins.