The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Monday that they have released defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, who was with the team the past two seasons after signing as a free agent in 2011.
"I had a chance to speak with Cullen today and let him know of our decision," said general manager 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."
Jenkins has started every game in the past two years for the Eagles and registered 9.5 sacks during his tenure in Philadelphia. The 6-2, 305-pound Jenkins would fit in the Eagles' new versatile defensive scheme, but the 32-year-old was reportedly due $5.5 million in 2013.
This year's draft class features a lot of talent and depth along the defensive line. NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranked Philadelphia native and Florida standout Sharrif Floyd as the top defensive tackle prospect.
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