The Philadelphia Eagles have informed former Green Bay Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins that he will be released, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
And here come the changes in Philadelphia: Eagles have told DT Cullen Jenkins they plan to release him.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2013
Jenkins, who signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2003, played in 93 games over seven years in Green Bay. He registered 29.0 sacks with the Packers, including a career-high seven in 2010.
As an unrestricted free agent during the summer of 2011, Jenkins would sign a five-year, $25 million deal to become part of the “Dream Team” Eagles. He lasted just two years into the deal, despite 9.5 sacks in 32 games.
The Eagles will clear over $4 million in cap space by releasing Jenkins.
While he did turn 32 years old last month, Jenkins still has interior pass rush ability. According to Pro Football Focus, Jenkins made 30 total quarterback disruptions (four sacks, one quarterback hit, 25 hurries) over 642 snaps last season and has graded out as a top 12 interior rusher in back-to-back seasons.
The Packers have struggled to fill Jenkins’ shoes since 2010, so a reunion in Green Bay might make sense depending on the economics of a potential deal. At the right price, the Packers would encounter very little downside in bringing back the versatile inside rusher, especially with Jerel Worthy (ACL) potentially missing a chunk of next season.
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.