October 7, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert (77) and guard Ramon Foster (73) block against Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (97) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles Release Cullen Jenkins

The Philadelphia have begun disassembling the “Dream Team” and have released defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. Jenkins was due a $1 million roster bonus in march and by cutting him they not only shed salary but also can try to get younger.

The contract that brought him to Philadelphia in 2011 was a 5 year $3o million deal. They Eagles are shifting to a 3-4 though that likely had little to do with the decision. Jenkins has experience in that formation.

Jenkins is also 32 years old and could struggle to find a home. He can still be a force in the middle and had 4 sacks last season, but his biggest obstacle is father time. Despite having a productive year, he wasn’t worthy of the contract he got in 2011 any longer. And as he gets older his production is only going to continue to decline.

Someone surely will be desperate enough to give him a deal but it is unlikely he’ll be a part of another dream team.

His stats for last season we’re 26 tackles, 22 solo, 4 sacks and 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. All of those were a decline from the 2011 season, his first in Philadelphia. In that season he had 40 tackles, 32 of which were solo. That season he also had 5.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

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