Ex-Rams, Broncos, Packers SS getting a look

The Bills are looking at Packers unrestricted free agent strong safety Billy Jenkins. Jenkins was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Howard who signed with the Rams in 1997. He was the team's starting strong safety in 1999, when they won the Super Bowl.

The strongpoint of Jenkins' game is run support. In his second season, the 5'10", 205-pound Jenkins led the Rams with 121 tackles.

In 2000, the Broncos acquired Jenkins in an off-season trade with the Rams. Interestingly, some people believed the Rams' defensive woes of 2000 were blamed partly on Jenkins' absence. Jenkins started all 16 games for Denver in 2000, but was outright released after six games last season. He had not started any.

The Packers picked Jenkins up after LeRoy Butler went out with a season-ending injury last year. Jenkins, 27, was released after one game, but was re-signed when the team cut safety Chris Akins.

He had four interceptions for the Broncos in 2000, and a touchdown return. The Broncos released him last year partly because of bad special teams play. Mike Shanahan wanted to send a message to his team that mistakes would not be tolerated. Denver took a $2 million salary cap hit to cut Jenkins too.

Jenkins started both Packers playoff games last season. Jenkins is strictly a role player …

The Bills are still considering free safety Kurt Schulz, kicker Phil Dawson and linebacker Eddie Robinson.


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