According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the New Orleans Saints are releasing defensive tackle John Jenkins on Tuesday. The report came out during the afternoon, and has since been confirmed by Nick Underhill of The Advocate.
The #Saints are cutting DT John Jenkins, source said. A one-time starter now a free agent.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 8, 2016
The former third-rounder of 2013 played in 49 games for the Saints during the past several seasons. The writing was on the wall for Jenkins, as the team made several moves to improve their interior during the offseason. Jenkins saw his play time diminish over the course of last season with then rookie Tyeler Davison outplaying him. Jenkins was a healthy scratch for Sunday’s game against the 49ers.
With Sheldon Rankins back to being healthy and rookie David Onyemata playing well as a rotational guy, Jenkins was completely expendable. As a former starter for the Saints, Jenkins is sure to generate some interest on the market. He’ll be subject to waiver claims, and the team now has two open spots to fill after dumping Brian Dixon and Chris McCain on Monday, and claiming tight end John Phillips from Denver.