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Eagles, Jenkins Agree To Five-Year Deal

Posted Feb 22, 2016

Safety Malcolm Jenkins made an instant impact on the Eagles’ defense after being signed to a contract during the 2014 offseason. On Monday, the Eagles and Jenkins agreed to terms on a new five-year deal, a contract that will keep Jenkins in Philadelphia through the 2020 season.

"Malcolm has proven himself as a leader on and off the field," said Executive Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman. "We are excited to have him on the team moving forward."

Born and raised in Piscataway, New Jersey, Jenkins spent the first five seasons of his NFL career in New Orleans, helping the Saints capture a Super Bowl title as a rookie in 2009. Jenkins brought his championship pedigree to Philadelphia, helping to solidify the safety position while adding a proven veteran to bolster the team’s leadership.

It didn’t take very long for Jenkins to assert himself both on and off of the field in Philadelphia. Early in the 2014 season, he became the first Eagles safety since Brian Dawkins in 2004 to record an interception in three consecutive games, as he picked off San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and ran it back for a 53-yard touchdown. In 2015, Jenkins earned his first Pro Bowl nod after starting in all 16 games while registering career and season bests with 120 tackles, 15 passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

Jenkins’ shining moment in 2015 came against the New England Patriots in December. With the Patriots on the doorstep of a touchdown, fellow safety Walter Thurmond tipped a Tom Brady pass into Jenkins' arms, and the Ohio State product did the rest, romping 99 yards for a touchdown, greatly swinging momentum in the Eagles’ favor. It was Jenkins' fourth career interceptions return for a touchdown and tied for the third-longest such play in franchise history.

For all that Jenkins has accomplished on the gridiron, he’s been just as prolific off of the field. He’s been a vocal leader in locker room, but he’s also taken to the Philadelphia community to make it his new home. The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation has held a number of different community events over the past two years, offering school uniforms and supplies, healthy food and more to those in need in the Philadelphia area.

Jenkins’ new contract is the fifth multi-year deal signed by Eagles in recent weeks, as Jenkins joins tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek, tackle Lane Johnson and defensive end Vinny Curry.

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