Cullen Jenkins

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Cullen Jenkins
Cullen Jenkins signs autograph.jpg
Jenkins signs an autograph in 2006.
No. 99     New York Giants
Defensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-01-20) January 20, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Belleville (MI)
College: Central Michigan
Undrafted in 2003
Debuted in 2004 for the Cologne Centurions
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2013
Tackles 269
Sacks 39.0
Interceptions 1
Stats at NFL.com

Cullen Darome Jenkins (born January 20, 1981) is an American football defensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at Central Michigan.

He has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is the younger brother of former Carolina Panthers and New York Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins.

Early years[edit]

Both he and his brother Kris Jenkins played at Belleville High School under Bob LaPointe.

College career[edit]

Jenkins played college football at Central Michigan University, where he recorded 40 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 4½ sacks, and two passes defensed during his senior year.

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Jenkins was originally signed by Green Bay as a rookie free agent after the '03 draft. One year later, after an impressive NFL Europe season and strong training camp, landed a spot on the Packers' roster. From 2004 to November 2006, Jenkins was the backup for Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, and took over the starting role the final month of the 2006 season. As the starter for the last month of games, he recorded a career-high 6½ sacks that year, including his first three-sack game vs. Detroit on December 17, 2006.

On February 26, 2007, Jenkins signed a four year, $16 million contract extension.[1] Jenkins batted down nine passes in 2007, the most by a Packers defensive lineman since the team began recording the statistic in 1980. He also finished 2007 with 26 total combined tackles and 1 sack.

In the 2008 season, the Packers decided to start Jenkins rather than Gbaja-Biamila for the second season in a row. He could only play four games though, before he suffered a torn pectoral muscle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 28, 2008. Two days later, he was placed on injured reserve. During his injury-shorted 2008 year, Jenkins had 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a pass defended, and a forced fumble.

In the 2009 season, Jenkins returned as a starting defensive end because the Packers had switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. Jenkins started all 16 games in 2009 with 32 tackles, 4.5 sacks, a pass defended, an interception, and 3 forced fumbles.

In the 2010 season Jenkins missed 5 games with a calf injury. He appeared in 11 games (started 6) with 18 total combined tackles, 7 sacks, and 1 pass defended. Jenkins was part of a major role of the Packers' 4-3 defense during their postseason run where they eventually won Super Bowl XLV, their first world championship in 14 years.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Jenkins to a five-year, $25 million contract on July 30, 2011.[2] In 2011, he recorded 5.5 sacks, 24 hurries, and seven tackles-for-loss.[3] He agreed to a restructured contract on February 21, 2012,[3] with the new contract running through the 2014 season instead of the 2015 season.[4] On February 25, 2013, the Eagles declined his roster bonus, making him a free agent.[5]

New York Giants[edit]

On March 10, 2013, Jenkins was signed to a three-year contract by the New York Giants. He is starting with old teammate and new teammate Mike Patterson in the 4-3 Defense.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Defensive lineman Jenkins extended by Packers", Associated Press, February 26, 2007. Retrieved on 2008-04-20.
  2. ^ Eagles sign Cullen Jenkins
  3. ^ a b Kapadia, Sheil (February 21, 2012). "How Jenkins' return affects the DT picture". philly.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (February 22, 2012). "Cullen Jenkins takes pay cut, will earn $5.8 million". profootballtalk.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (2013-02-25). "Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson released by Eagles". National Football League. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  6. ^ Hanzus, Dan (March 10, 2013). "Cullen Jenkins, N.Y. Giants strike three-year contract". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 

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