eagles release cullen jenkins.
The transformation of the Eagles continues. Veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, part of the much-balleyhooed 2011 Dream Team free-agent class, was released Monday.
Jenkins, 32, was set to make $5.5 million this season. He would have earned a $1 million bonus if he was on the roster March 15.
Jenkins restructured his deal last year. He was paid an $825,000 base salary, but received a $5 million fully guaranteed roster bonus. He will now count $1.5 million this season against the Eagles' salary cap.
The Eagles informed Jenkins of his release Monday. The decision is a combination of money and performance. Jenkins, who started all 32 games in his two years with the Eagles, had 9.5 sacks combined in the two seasons. He was a non-factor however for much of 2012.
"I had a chance to speak with Cullen today and let him know of our decision," general manager Howie Roseman said. "It's one of the most difficult parts of the job. He has been a very productive player in this league for a long time but we felt it in our team's best interests that we go in a different direction. By releasing him at this point, it gives he and his agent more time to sign on with another team. We wish Cullen and his family all the best as he continues his NFL career."
From the 2011 free-agent class, only Nnamdi Asomugha, Evan Mathis and Derek Landri remain. Gone are Jenkins, Jason Babin, Vince Young, Ronnie Brown, Steve Smith, Donald Lee, Ryan Harris, Anthony Hargrove and Jarrad Page. Asomugha could be next. His future is likely contingent on him agreeing to a substantial pay cut.
Jenkins had been in limbo. There was a strong belief after the season that his time with the team was over. The hiring of a new coach and the subsequent house cleaning the Eagles are in the midst of doing didn't bode well for an aging defensive end with a sizable salary, even if Jenkins did excel in a 3-4 defense in Green Bay. The Eagles are expected to switch to a version of the 3-4 defense this season.
It's clear now the Eagles will be looking for defensive ends in free agency or the draft. While last year's first-round pick Fletcher Cox projects well as a DE in a 3-4 defense, the Eagles don't appear to have anyone else other than possibly Mike Patterson on the roster capable of filling the role now that Jenkins was released.