Former Philadelphia Eagles 3-4 defensive end and 4-3 defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins will be visiting two NFC West powerhouses soon in the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. Per a tweet from Adam Schefter, Jenkins will visit the Seahawks on Monday and the 49ers on Tuesday after already checking in with the New York Giants yesterday.
Jenkins is a 32-year-old veteran who recorded four sacks last season, and it seems like he might be better off as a 3-4 DE than a 4-3 DT. The 49ers run a 3-4, while the Seahawks run the 4-3 and both teams have a multitude of great pass rushers. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported yesterday that the Green Bay Packers do not have interest in their former standout, but top beat writer Tom Silverstein did state that there are seven suitors involved.
Chalk up the Giants, Niners, and Seahawks as three of them, and Jenkins would provide the Giants with the biggest boost of the three teams interested. Although they did not offer Jenkins a contract after yesterday’s visit, the Giants defensive tackle rotation is uncertain- they released Chris Canty (still a free agent) earlier this offseason.
Although he won’t offer much in run defense, Jenkins still does a very good job of putting pressure on the quarterback from the interior and would do well in a rotation with the 49ers or Seahawks. I actually see him as a better fit for the Niners, who might not be able to re-sign Ricky Jean-Francois due to the various number of teams interested (such as the Packers).
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