Saints Release DT John Jenkins

The Saints are releasing defensive tackle John Jenkins, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Now that we’re past the trade deadline, Jenkins will be subject to waivers before becoming a free agent."<strong

At one point in time, Jenkins was a starter for New Orleans. This year, he was bumped to a reserve role and he apparently was not playing up to coaches’ expectations through the first half of this season. In seven games (one start), Jenkins has ten total tackles and zero sacks. Pro Football Focus has Jenkins rated in the bottom 20% of all qualified interior defenders this year.

Jenkins was only on the field for 33% of the Saints’ defensive snaps this season and was inactive for last week’s game against the 49ers. Now, the team will draw from a DT group of Nick Fairley, rookie Sheldon Rankins, David Onyemata, and Tyeler Davison.

Jenkins saw his salary boosted by about $1MM this year thanks to the proven performance escalator in his rookie deal. Initially due to reach the open this spring, the Saints are giving him a five month head start.

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3 comments on “Saints Release DT John Jenkins

  1. James

    Jenkins should have been released during much earlier . I would like us to consider Alabama Defensive Lineman his name escapes me at the moment ,but he can play any position on D-Line . I will become sick to my stomach if we wont invest a draft pick on the following LSU players rb Leonard Fournette ,Key a defensive sack artist on the edge who could flourish right now for Saints as an edge rusher even if the second rounder from last year was healthy. There are two corners one is also a return specialist ,and middle linebacker safety followed by offensive guard they would all make a positive impact for years too come. I AM SURE WE CAN BOTH AGREE OUR TEAM HAS OVERLOOKED SEVERAL PLAYERS NOW IN ARIZONA,NEW YORK , AND ATLANTA !!! WHO DAT

    • James

      PLEASE POST MY COMMENTS OR EXAMINE PLAYERS DISCUSSED FOR YOUR NEXT ARTICLE

    • Silk

      It’s about time

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