Seahawks To Sign John Jenkins

Defensive tackle John Jenkins will be signing with the Seahawks, a league source tells Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Jenkins was let go by the Saints earlier this week. John Jenkins (vertical)

Because Jenkins was released after the trade deadline, he was subject to waivers. However, no team moved to take on the contract of the defensive tackle, particularly because of his $1MM proven performance escalator for 2016. Terms of the deal are not yet known, but the Seahawks have likely scored Jenkins on a deal at or near the league minimum for a player of his experience level.

Jenkins was only on the field for about one-third of the Saints’ defensive snaps this season. Not long ago, Jenkins was a starting player on New Orleans D-Line. In his reduced role, the advanced metrics at Pro Football Focus have the former third-round pick rated rather poorly with a 42.7 overall grade.

Jenkins will now battle for playing time behind reserves Tony McDaniel and Sealver Siliga, giving them five DTs for the first time since fifth-round pick Quinton Jefferson was placed on IR in late October. Seattle starts Ahtyba Rubin and rookie Jarran Reed on the interior defensive line.

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