2 time Super Bowl champion & 3 time pro bowler @MalcolmJenkins tells @thepivot crew that he is retiring after an amazing 13 year career!!— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) March 30, 2022
Congrats brother! Welcome to the rest of your life. We know you’ll be just as amazing in your new chapter!
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This move, while disappointing for many Saints fans, was not unexpected. If anything, Jenkins’s upcoming retirement was foreshadowed by a massive contract restructure earlier in the offseason to reduce his 2022 salary to the league minimum.
Malcolm Jenkins led a Hall of Fame worthy career both on and off the field, as he was a part of two Super Bowl Champion teams and was active in the communities both in New Orleans and Philadelphia. The departure of Jenkins removes his veteran leadership from the locker room, creates an additional hole the team will need to file via free agency or the draft, and leaves the Saints franchise without a single player from the 2009 Super Bowl team for the first time since the Super Bowl.
Daniel Sorensen is not the answer at safety to play alongside Marcus Maye, so we’ll see how the team responds this offseason. Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu and long-time Saint PJ Williams are both available free agents.