PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins on a three-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.
The deal for Jenkins is reportedly worth up to $16.25 million.
The New Orleans Saints defensive captain in each of the past two seasons, Jenkins (6-0, 204) appeared in 71 games (63 starts) with 358 tackles, six interceptions, six forced fumbles and 4.5 sacks in five seasons with the Saints, seeing time at both cornerback and safety. In 2013, Jenkins started 14 games at safety, notching 68 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two passes defensed for a Saints team that ranked second in the NFL in opponent’s passing yards per game.
“Malcolm is someone we’ve had our eye on for quite a while. He has been a productive player his entire football career, both in New Orleans and at Ohio State. Everything you hear about Malcolm as a person is true. He was a two-time defensive captain with the Saints and is a high character player. We are excited to add a guy like that to the culture we have established here,” Howie Roseman said in a statement.
In 2012, Jenkins, 26, started all 13 games he appeared in at free safety, finishing third on the team with 95 tackles, five passes defensed, one blocked field goal and an interception returned 55 yards for a score. He notched a career-high 97 tackles and 11 passes defensed in 15 games in 2011.
“We really liked Malcolm’s versatility. He can line up at either safety spot, can come in and make a tackle and can play man-to-man as well. I had a chance to study him on tape leading up to the playoff game and really liked what I saw. He’s a sharp kid and is ultra-competitive. We are really happy to have him in Philadelphia,” Chip Kelly said in a statement.
Jenkins is a former first-round selection of New Orleans in 2009.
A native of Piscataway, New Jersey, Jenkins helped lead Piscataway High School to three consecutive state titles.