Mar 222014

Malcolm Jenkins has had some decent years in his 5 year career, but ultimately he’s failed to live up to his billing as the 15th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He struggled mightily as a slot cornerback as a rookie before being moved to safety, where he was an average starter according to Pro Football Focus in both 2010 and 2011. However, in 2012, he graded out as Pro Football Focus’ worst ranked safety and in 2013 he graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 65th ranked safety out of 86 eligible.

He has versatility to play both safety and slot cornerback, but the Eagles already have Brandon Boykin so he’ll be a pure safety in Philadelphia. However, the Eagles are paying him like an above average starting safety, which is something he’s never been. This 3-year deal is worth 16.25 million with 8.5 million of that guaranteed. He’ll help fill a need, but it’s a big overpay.

Grade: C

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