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Chiefs Waive DE Jarvis Jenkins

The Chiefs waived defensive end Jarvis Jenkins on Friday morning. The move created room for the newly-acquired Kelvin Benjamin, who is set to make his Chiefs debut on Sunday against the Ravens. 

Jenkins was a hot commodity after he notched four sacks in the 2015 season. He didn’t live up to his two-year, $7MM contract with $3MM guaranteed, but he found a role with the Chiefs after Gang Green let him go in November of 2016. Over the last two years and change, Jenkins has appeared in 30 games for the Chiefs, compiling 20 tackles.

Jenkins will be subject to the waiver wire since the trade deadline has passed. If no one picks him up in the next 24 hours, he’ll be free to sign with any club.

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DL Jarvis Jenkins Re-Signs With Chiefs

Veteran defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins has signed a deal to remain with the Chiefs, per his agency, SportsTrust (on Twitter). The terms of Jenkins’ deal have yet to be reported.

Jenkins, 29, is back with the Chiefs after signing a one-year deal with them last offseason. He appeared in 11 games last season — making one start — and had a sack to go with 11 tackles. Pro Football Focus graded Jenkins as a bottom-30 interior defender among 121 qualifiers.

Jenkins played on only 19% of Kansas City’s defensive snaps a season ago, fifth among Chiefs linemen. He’ll once again serve as depth behind Chris Jones, Allen Bailey, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, and could see more time if free agent Bennie Logan doesn’t re-sign.

Chiefs Re-Sign Jarvis Jenkins

The Chiefs have re-signed defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins, according to his agents at SportsTrust (Twitter link). It’s a one-year deal, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com."<strong

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Jenkins, 28, signed a two-year, $6MM deal that contained $3MM guaranteed with the Jets last spring, but he was waived in early November after appearing in only nine games with the club. Because he was cut before Week 10, Jenkins didn’t factor into the compensatory pick formula, and therefore allowed Gang Green to land a third-round comp pick to account for the loss of defensive tackle Damon Harrison.

After working out for the Patriots, Jenkins quickly landed a deal with the Chiefs, with whom he spent the rest of the 2016 campaign. On 132 defensive snaps, Jenkins posted five tackles and put up a half-sack in Kansas City’s postseason game against the Steelers. On the season, Jenkins graded as the league’s No. 67 interior defender, per Pro Football Focus, which handed better marks for his run defense than his play against the pass.

Now back with the Chiefs for another season, Jenkins will continue to serve as a reserve on a defensive line that also includes Jaye Howard, Chris Jones, Bennie Logan, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, and Allen Bailey.

Minor NFL Transactions: 12/3/16

Here are today’s minor moves.

  • Jerry Attaochu underwent surgery this week, and the Chargers made the customary move of placing the third-year pass-rusher on IR. Nose tackle Ryan Carrethers will take Attaochu’s roster spot, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports (on Twitter). A former fifth-round Chargers pick in 2014, Carrethers already has 20 games of NFL experience — three starts — on which to draw after his latest promotion from the practice squad.
  • Demetri Goodson‘s third NFL season will conclude after the Packers placed the cornerback on IR and signed fellow corner Makinton Dorleant off their practice squad, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (on Twitter). Goodson played in six games for the Packers this year and started three for a team that’s struggled to keep its cornerbacks healthy. A rookie UDFA, Dorleant has not played in an NFL game yet. He’ll likely contribute on special teams, per Cohen.
  • The Bills have promoted tight end Gerald Christian from the practice squad, reports Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News (via Twitter). Starter Charles Clay missed the team’s flight to Oakland due to the birth of his child, so Christian, the Mr. Irrelevent from the 2015 draft, will provide some depth at tight end. To make room on the roster, the team released kickoff specialist Jordan Gay.
  • The Chiefs have promoted defensive tackle T.J. Barnes to the active roster, reports Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star (via Twitter). If Dontari Poe is unable to play, Barnes could slide into the backup nose tackle role behind Jarvis Jenkins.
  • The Giants have signed linebacker Deontae Skinner to the active roster and waived center Shane McDermott, reports James Kratch of NJ.com (via Twitter). This is a flip-flop from the maneuver the Giants made last weekend, indicating some improved health for their offensive front.

Chiefs To Sign Jarvis Jenkins

Jarvis Jenkins is signing with the Chiefs, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The veteran was let go by the Jets late last week. Jarvis Jenkins (vertical)

After notching four sacks last season, Jenkins parlayed his success into a two-year, $6MM deal with the Jets. Unfortunately, he could not recreate that performance in green. Jenkins was not the super sub the Jets were hoping for at defensive end and he was handed his walking papers on Friday. Soon after, he auditioned for the Patriots, but he did not leave New England with a deal.

Pro Football Focus’ numbers indicated that Jenkins was a roughly average interior defender last year. So far this year, his disappointing play has backed up those advanced metrics and then some. He’ll look to do a 180 in KC as he joins Kendall Reyes, Dadi Nicolas, and David King behind starters Jaye Howard and Chris Jones. It’s worth noting that Howard was out of action this past weekend and it’s not immediately clear whether he’ll be ready for Week 11.

Patriots Work Out Former Jet Jarvis Jenkins

The Patriots worked out defensive end Jarvis Jenkins, tight Kennard Backman, and defensive tackle Davon Coleman, according to a source who spoke with Doug Kyed of NESN (on Twitter). Jenkins is arguably the most notable name of the group, having just been released by the Jets in year one of his two-year, $6MM deal. Jarvis Jenkins (vertical)

The Jenkins deal backfired on GM Mike Maccagnan and the rest of the Jets’ front office, but he could be a solid value for a rival team like the Patriots. Jenkins could also provide strategic help for New England in advance of their Nov. 27 matchup against Gang Green in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Jenkins had a career-best four sacks in 2015 but didn’t do much to pressure the quarterback this season. He may get a chance to have a stronger second act with the Pats.

Backman appeared in seven games with the Packers last season. After reaching an injury settlement with Green Bay in early September, he recently auditioned for the Ravens and Lions. Coleman was waived by the Giants in late August before the 75-man deadline. He has appeared in four NFL games over the course of his career, all of them coming with the Cowboys.

Jets Place Ryan Clady On IR

Ryan Clady‘s season is over. The Jets announced that Clady is being placed on injured reserve with what is believed to be a torn rotator cuff. Also, defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins has been waived and wide receiver Devin Smith has been activated from the PUP list. The Jets also confirmed that they have signed defensive lineman Anthony Johnson from the Patriots’ practice squad. Ryan Clady (vertical)

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The Jets landed Clady in an April trade with the Broncos. Clady was due to earn $19.5MM between 2016 and 2017 on his old contract, but he agreed to rework his deal in order to start fresh on the east coast. His new deal still covers 2017, but it’s unlikely that the Jets will retain him with a ~$10MM cap charge.

Gang Green dealt for Clady with the hope that he could stay healthy and achieve his potential. That obviously didn’t happen as Pro Football Focus ranked Clady as the No. 54 tackle in the NFL out of 74 qualified players. Clady had middle-of-the-pack run blocking scores this year coupled with dreadful evaluations on his pass blocking. The Jets’ tackle woes went far beyond Clady too as Brent Qvale has fared only slightly better and Ben Ijalana has actually done worse. Ijalana now projects to take over on the left side.

The Jets signed Jenkins to a two-year deal this past offseason worth $6MM with $3MM guaranteed. After registering a career-best four sacks in 2015 with Chicago, it’s conceivable that he could circle back to the Bears. There’s no way around it: Jenkins’ deal was a terrible miscalculation by GM Mike Maccagnan & Co. The advanced metrics indicated that Jenkins was not far above replacement level as an interior defender last year but the Jets and other clubs were likely blinded by his traditional stats.

Smith, a 2015 second-round pick, has now recovered from his torn ACL. In ten games last year, Smith posted nine receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown.

AFC Rumors: Nelson, Raiders, Chiefs, Bowers

Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle (on Twitter) expects the Raiders to get a deal done with free agent safety Reggie Nelson, who is in Oakland tonight to meet with team brass and will continue his visit with the team on Tuesday. After Nelson is wined and dined and briefed on the team’s plans for him, Tafur is expecting the Raiders to ink the veteran defender, who stands as one of the best available free agents still on the board.

Here’s more from the AFC:

  • The Chiefs worked out defensive end Da’Quan Bowers and cornerback Phillip Adams yesterday, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Bowers, a former second-round pick of the Buccaneers, returned to Tampa Bay late last season. Adams has been with six NFL teams and could be on his way to joining his seventh.
  • Linebacker Myles Jack is among the players visiting the Jaguars today, as Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com tweets. The 6’1”, 225-pounder saw time at both inside and outside linebacker, safety, nickel corner, and running back, and even returned the occasional kick for UCLA. He’s widely regarded as one of the best players in this year’s class.
  • Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle has the details on Darryl Morris‘ one-year deal with the Jets, tweeting that the cornerback signed a minimum salary contract with a $75K signing bonus.
  • Jarvis Jenkins‘ two-year contract with the Jets calls for him to earn $6MM with $3MM ($1.5MM signing bonus + $1.5MM base) guaranteed, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. Jenkins will carry a cap charge of $2.25MM in year one and $3.75MM in year two of the deal.
  • Oregon State defensive tackle Kyle Peko is visiting with the Chiefs today, according to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star (on Twitter).
  • Clemson safety Jayron Kearse is visiting the Jaguars today, Getlin tweets.

Jets Sign Jarvis Jenkins To Two-Year Deal

MARCH 30, 12:06pm: The Jets have finally made the Jenkins signing official, announcing the move today in a press release.

MARCH 16, 10:52am: The Jets and Jenkins have now officially agreed to terms, per agency SportsTrust Advisors (Twitter link). Mehta tweets that it’s a two-year, $7MM contract with $3MM guaranteed for the defensive lineman.

MARCH 11, 5:04pm: While the Jets and Jenkins haven’t officially agreed to terms, there’s an expectation that the two sides will eventually work out a deal, tweets Mehta.Jarvis Jenkins

4:48pm: Jenkins and the Jets do not yet have an agreement, Kimberley Martin of Newsday reports (on Twitter). Jenkins told friends, per Mehta (on Twitter) he was working on a deal with the Jets, but he will head back to Atlanta, where he’s a resident, for now with no deal in place.

4:31pm: The Jets appear to be adding to their top-notch defensive end group by signing Jarvis Jenkins, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweets.

It’s a three-year, $6MM deal for Jenkins, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

Joining Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams in New York, Jenkins played the first three seasons of his career in Washington before joining the Bears last season.

Jenkins, who missed his rookie season with a torn ACL, signed with the Bears last year but didn’t fare well in the mind of Pro Football Focus, which rated him as its No. 104 interior defender last season. Jenkins did, however, record a career-best four sacks in 2015.

The Jets applied the franchise tag to Wilkerson last week, and Richardson’s likely uncomplicated fifth-year option decision is forthcoming.

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