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Possible Saints Free Agency Targets: Cullen Jenkins

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Cullen Jenkins

#77 / Defensive- End / Green Bay Packers

 6-2

 305

 Jan 20, 1981

 Central Michigan

 

Football's Future Analysis

Jenkins is a scheme-diverse linemen who consistently plays with outstanding leverage. He's a terrific pass rusher who can get penetration on tackles and guards en route to the quarterback. The Packers have a strong rotation and while they will still pursue him, they may not be willing to pay him what it takes to keep him in Green Bay. If he hits the market, his only concern is that he's somewhat injury-prone, but should otherwise be a disruptive lineman on any team.    

Re-Signing Probability

 2_medium 

Other veteran teammates with Green Bay have already been given contract extensions, so it's a little peculiar that Jenkins wasn't among them. That leaves many to believe the Packers don't plan on re-signing him. Second-round pick Mike Neal is waiting to replace him. The other possibility, however, is that the team could use the franchise tag. 

 

Upgrade Factor 

4_medium

The unrestricted free agent has been playing the right side of the line in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme but I can't imagine he would have much trouble switching over to the left side if signed by the Saints. Otherwise, he's exactly what the Saints need to improve their pass rush. 


League-wide Interest

5_medium 

Jenkins should achieve considerable interest from other teams, especially those with deep pockets and in need of some serious defensive help. 


Cost

4

Because he'll be a hot commodity, the price tag will probably be hefty. 



Probability

1

I would be very surprised to see the Saints spend the money and go after one of the best defensive linemen available in free agency. Pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, I don't see it happening.  

 

Career Stats

Tackles Interceptions
Year Team G Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int TDs Yds Avg Lng
2010 Green Bay Packers 11 18 13 5 7.0 -- 1 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2009 Green Bay Packers 16 32 23 9 4.5 -- 1 1 0 4 4.0 4
2008 Green Bay Packers 4 13 10 3 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2007 Green Bay Packers 16 44 26 18 1.0 -- 6 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2006 Green Bay Packers 14 32 23 9 6.5 -- 1 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2005 Green Bay Packers 16 37 23 14 3.0 -- 5 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2004 Green Bay Packers 16 18 12 6 4.5 -- 1 -- -- -- 0.0 --
TOTAL 93 194 130 64 29.0 0 16 1 0 4 -- 4