Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins signs three-year deal with the Giants

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Cullen Jenkins' cross-country free agent tour has come to an end as Kimberly Jones of reports the veteran defensive tackle has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the New York Giants.

Jenkins has spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, starting 32 games and posting 9.5 sacks. Though he was productive, and has experience playing in a 3-4 defense that the Eagles are converting to, Jenkins turned 32-year-old in January and the team may look to add youth wherever possible in the first season under head coach Chip Kelly.

Jenkins was scheduled to earn $5.6 million from the Eagles in 2013, including a $4.5 million base salary and a $1 million roster bonus that was due on March 14. According to Jones, Jenkins' deal with the Giants is worth $8 million and includes $3 million in guaranteed money.

The Giants released veteran defensive tackle Chris Canty in February and Jenkins will likely compete with 2011 second-round pick Marvin Austin for the starting job next to Linval Joseph.

Following his release from Philadelphia, Jenkins met with the Giants and expressed interest in returning to the Green Bay Packers, where he spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career. The Packers did not appear to be interested in a reunion as Jenkins also paid visits to the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders before reaching his deal with the Giants on Sunday.

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