Malcolm Jenkins’ time in Philadelphia ended on a sour note, and he believes the Eagles didn’t value him.
Players who can maximize their potential always seem to bring value to a team. Malcolm Jenkins has been one of those names since transitioning from cornerback down in the Bayou.
The former Philadelphia Eagles safety was a superstar in the Eagles defense from 2014-19. A three-time Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro, Jenkins was known for his hard-hitting demeanor, but his blazing speed in coverage helped to keep up with any receiver downfield.
After helping the Eagles claim a Super Bowl title in 2017, many expected the 32-year-old to receive a contract extension. He didn’t over the next two seasons.
This past offseason, Jenkins returned to the New Orleans Saints, the team that drafted him out of Ohio State back in 2009.
For Jenkins, he didn’t leave Philadelphia due to money. Instead, he left due to a lack of respect.
Sunday could be a revenge game for Malcolm Jenkins
Jenkins, who returns to the Linc this weekend to face his former team, spent four seasons under the direction of Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz. He was the staple leader of the locker room, both with on the field production and off with his activism in racial inequality.
The 2020 season still has been a solid year of production back in New Orleans. Jenkins has tallied 62 tackles, four tackles for losses, two sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Saints also bolster the league’s No.1 defense entering Week 14.
Declining a player option for one of the team’s faces stings. As a result, it’s hurt the Eagles’ secondary both in coverage and in run support. Philadelphia currently ranks dead last interceptions, managing to haul in just three in 12 games.
The focal storyline will be on Jalen Hurts making his first career start. The side note will be Jenkins’ return to the place his career was reborn.
It’s clear his words will be met with passion on the field against his former team for all 60 minutes.