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Fierro: Eagles need to do what it takes to satisfy Malcolm Jenkins

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20.01.2020

Before the Philadelphia Eagles and general manager Howie Roseman decide to dig in on what could be an ugly contract dispute with Malcolm Jenkins — which ultimately would be a major detriment to the winning culture coach Doug Pederson has carefully cultivated — they also must consider this: Will they be better off without the do-it-all safety in 2020?

Or 2021.

The answer, of course, is no.

And if that means overpaying him in a market that, in Jenkins’ words, “is good for safeties right now,” then that’s what they have to do.

Jenkins is under contract for essentially one more season. His base salary is $7.6 million and cap charge is just under $10.9 million, according to overthecap.com, which also has him ranked 11th in the league among safeties in average salary rankings for 2020.

An extension could turn the dummy years of 2021 and 2022 into ones that both pay him market value for a top safety and lower the cap hit for this coming season. So both sides should be motivated here.

Jenkins doesn’t want to have to join his third NFL team or retire or sit out a year after 11 seasons in the league. Nor does he want to come in late, perhaps after training camp, which would seriously increase the chances of an injury that would sideline him for the first time........

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