Howie Roseman: “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.”
The Eagles owed Jenkins $5.5 million if they wanted him to play for them this season. It cost them $1.5 million to cut him. So, essentially, if you assumed Jenkins would be on the Eagles next season, they just made $4 million. They weren’t winning anything with Jenkins, who is 32 years-old, anytime soon anyway. I like the move.
The Eagles now have about $29 million in cap space, which is massive.
Ps. Does this open the door for the Eagles to draft Philly native and GW alum, DT Sharrif Floyd, who I wrote about this morning? Coincidence the Eagles cut Jenkins right after I posted about Sharrif today? I think Roseman is reading TSP. Just a hunch.
Pps. Personally, I still don’t think the Eagles will draft Sharrif Floyd with the #4 pick. Teams don’t make “room” for rookies, by cutting veterans. That doesn’t really make much sense. The more likely scenario is the Eagles are switching to the 3-4, and trying to get quicker and younger. Nevertheless, the releasing of Jenkins definitely raises an eyebrow, or two, in terms of the Sharrif Floyd fan ban wagon (and I’m definitely on that).
Did somebody say Sharrif Floyd, DT out of Florida and George Washington High School in Philadelphia, PA?