Saturday, February 6, 2016

Eagles acquire DT Jenkins; Trade Bunkley

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The rich just got richer.

Eagles acquire DT Jenkins; Trade Bunkley

The Eagles signed former Packers defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins to a five-year deal. (Matt Ludtke/AP)
The Eagles signed former Packers defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins to a five-year deal. (Matt Ludtke/AP)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The rich just got richer.

The Eagles have signed free agent defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins to a five-year contract, the team announced.

The deal is worth $25 million, according to Adam Schefter of

With the addition of Jenkins the Eagles traded defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to the Cleveland Browns for a 2012 fifth-round draft pick. They also brought back free agent linebacker Akeem Jordan.

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Jenkins gives the Eagles a pass-rushing option inside. Last season for the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, Jenkins racked up seven sacks. He has 29 career sacks in seven seasons of play, mostly as a defensive end. He moved to a three-technique end when the Packers switched to a 3-4 two seasons ago.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Jenkins can play both insdie or out.

"On third down he rushes from inside and we think he makes a difference in that role," Roseman said. "In this defense, in this scheme, it really utilizes all his talents."

The Eagles are giving new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo virtually a new defense. In the last few days they've added defensive end Jason Babin, cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha and now Jenkins.

The team's embarrassment of riches and its free-spending week has turned the NFL upside down. Aside from the above-mentioned defensive players, the Eagles also signed quarterback Vince Young, tight end Donald Lee and wide receiver Johnny Lee Higgins.

Roseman was asked if the Eagles still had room under the salary cap to continue to make moves. He deferred to team president Joe Banner, who was sitting in the audience.

"Hell, yeah," Banner said.

The Eagles have some long-term decisions to make in terms of money. Currently, wide receiver DeSean Jackson is holding out in the hopes of getting a new contract. Quarterback Michael Vick is also expected to get a new deal.

The Jenkins addition could signal the end for cornerback Asante Samuel, who is slated to earn roughly $15 million over the next two seasons. The Eagles have been receiving calls from teams looking to perhaps trade for Samuel, NFL sources said.

The Eagles could still make more moves. They may need a veteran linebacker, a backup running back, and perhaps another offensive linemen. The team's wide receiver situation -- with Jackson holding out and Jeremy Maclin absent with an illness -- could also influence the Eagles' plans.

Bunkley, the Eagles' 2006 No. 1 draft pick, departs after five seasons. It's fair to label Bunkley a disapointment. He recorded just six career sacks and would sometimes fade for games. Last season, he injured his elbow, missed a few games and eventually lost his starting spot to Antonio Dixon.

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