Jenkins is a 27-year-old defensive end who spent last season with the Bears after spending his first three years in the league with Washington. Washington drafted Jenkins, out of Clemson, with the 41st overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Jenkins will serve as a rotational piece and provide depth on the defensive line. He plays well in spurts and limited doses and can be effective as part of a rotation but he's not here to play a huge role with Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams already here. This signing doesn't do anything to imply the Jets think they will or won't trade Wilkerson the team would sign a player like Jenkins either way. Jenkins will essentially be replacing Leger Douzable.
The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the deal is for two years $7 million with $3 million guaranteed. Jenkins combined with the Steve McLendon signing yesterday helps solidify the Jets defensive line and gives the Jets depth and flexibility to play numerous fronts. The Jets very well still trade Wilkerson - if they do it will likely be around draft time - but it doesn't appear likely to happen. Some teams would be willing to trade the necessary draft picks in order to get him and others would be willing to pay Wilkerson the new contract he wants but it doesn't seem like any teams want to do both.
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