Nine-year National Football League veteran and former Green Bay Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins was released today by the Philadelphia Eagles after having been with the NFC East team for the past two seasons.
Jenkins was a star defensive end for the Packers and helped them to the 2010 NFC Championship and Super Bowl XLV win over the Pittsburgh Steelers before moving on to the Eagles. During his time with the Eagles, Jenkins started all 32 games and recorded 9.5 sacks, 56 tackles and 11 assists. He also had two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
“I had a chance to speak with Cullen today and let him know of our decision,” general manager Howie Roseman was quoted as saying in published reports. “It’s one of the most difficult parts of the job. He has been a very productive player in this league for a long time but we felt it in our team’s best interests that we go in a different direction. By releasing him at this point, it gives he and his agent more time to sign on with another team. We wish Cullen and his family all the best as he continues his NFL career.”
Jenkins spent the first seven years of his career in Green Bay as a productive defensive end. During that time he played in 93 games, starting 66 of them. He posted 29 sacks, 132 tackles, 61 assists, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and 16 passes defensed. Those were solid statistics for the 6-2 305-pounder, but like most aging players (31), he became a victim of the Eagles’ salary cap. He was scheduled to make $5.5 million this year from the Eagles, who will be looking to rebuild its defense after a horrendous season last year.
At this point, it was unclear if Jenkins would look to move on or whether the Packers might even have an interest, but that’s highly unlikely.
Jenkins career statistics are below: