Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has signed a four-year contract extension with the team. According to the NFL Network's Albert Breer, Jenkins' new deal is worth $40.5 million over the life of the five year agreement, including $16 million fully guaranteed. The defensive bac was set to earn $5.5 million in 2016, in what was going to be his last year under contract with the team.
The former Ohio State All-American was a key contributor for the Eagles in 2015. During a season that saw repeated issues with then head coach Chip Kelly, Jenkins lead the secondary with 109 total combined tackles (90 solo), 10 passes defended and two interceptions. Buckeye fans regaled in his 99-yard pick-6 against former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady.
After five season in New Orleans, Jenkins was traded to Philadelphia in 2014, and earned his first Pro Bowl invite following the 2015 season. Despite originally being named as an alternate, Jenkins' Pro Bowl season included a career-high in tackles, playing through a concussion against rival Dallas, and speaking out against the coaches not holding players accountable.
Now that the Eagles have a new head coach (Doug Pederson) and defensive coordinator (Jim Schwartz), it's important to retain some of the more experienced players to help on and off the field. Jenkins has showcased some of the same leadership he did in Columbus going to bat for his embattled quarterback and insisting the incumbent, Sam Bradford, can get the Eagles where they want to go.
Jenkins posted the following tweet after the deal became paperwork official: