Saints offseason addition Malcolm Jenkins calls football “nonessential”

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One of the Saints many additions this offseason was Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who called football “nonessential” when discussing COVID-19.

The coronavirus has changed life as we know it. Restaurants are limiting capacity while some have yet to open the inside at all. For sports, we’ve seen baseball and basketball schedule returns of some sort. How about football though? Will the Saints have a 2020 season?

The Hall of Fame game has already been canceled, and it really wouldn’t be shocking to see the entire preseason whipped off the schedule. What about football though? Per Malcolm Jenkins, he may not feel comfortable returning to the field until the risk is eliminated.

We have heard rumors that a vaccine could be available by the end of the year, but for now, all that is speculative. For Jenkins and the NFL, the question will lie on if they’ll return despite cases still being prevalent in the public.

A contributor for CNN now, here’s what Jenkins told John Berman regarding coronavirus and the potential for football in the fall.

Part of the Saints organization back in 2009 when the team won the Super Bowl, Jenkins has made a return to be the team’s starting safety, a position that was previously occupied by Vonn Bell.

Having already made his presence felt by calling out Drew Brees, Jenkins will become a vital piece of this team’s defense for potentially the next several years. Originally a first-round draft pick by the Saints back in 2009, Jenkins spent five seasons with the team before spending a six-year stint in Philadelphia.

During that six-year stint, Jenkins played and started in all 16 regular-season games in all six seasons. That’s impressive and a streak, and he’ll certainly hope to continue if the league is to push ahead with a restart.

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As with the NBA, much of the sport’s revenue comes from TV deals, so don’t be surprised if we see a season without fans thrown around.