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Cullen Jenkins Wants to Retire an Eagle

Cullen Jenkins Wants to Retire an Eagle

The Eagles began making preparations for free agency in earnest on Tuesday, announcing the restructuring of defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins's contract. Details are still trickling in right now, but Jenkins was originally set to carry a cap figure of $7.75 million into next season, and another $6.5 mil in 2013 and '14, after earning $4 million this season.

The new deal, which reportedly shaves one of the five years off the contract Jenkins signed back in July, is expected to provide the Eagles some cap relief. However, it also ensures Jenkins, who was a Pro-Bowl alternate this season, will remain with Philadelphia for the foreseeable future -- which he indicated was influential in his decision. Via Roob:

"I want to retire an Eagle. I want to finish my career as an Eagle. That’s definitely something we took into consideration."

Jenkins, who joined the Eagles from the Super Bowl XLV Champion Packers, was one of the few big-name signings from last offseason who actually panned out. He racked up 5.5 sacks, was strong against the run, and became a leader in the locker room as the season progressed. Quite simply, he was one of the top interior linemen in the NFL, and he will be paramount to the club's success for the immediate future.

Originally signed for five years at $30 million, the 31-year-old Jenkins was owed a roster bonus worth $5 million on top of his base salary of $2.5 this season. Update: He agreed to slash his base salary to six figures in 2012 along with the reduction in the length of the contract, but according to Andrew Brandt, Jenkins still receives the entire bonus in March.

Jenkins downplayed the amount of restructuring, but hes believes it could benefit the franchise.

"If by me doing this can help the team in any way, that's something that you have to feel good about."

By all accounts, the Eagles were already under the salary cap by a healthy margin. However, several of their key players are free agents (DeSean Jackson, Evan Mathis), others will be up for extensions in the near future (LeSean McCoy), and most observers anticipate some additional activity in free agency (linebacker?).

Sounds like a great move for both sides. The Eagles get what they want, a good player in an affordable contract, while Cullen Jenkins -- entering his ninth season in the NFL -- gets to stay in a situation where he is comfortable and has a chance to contend for a championship. Considering how well he played last season, we're not so sure his return was ever really in doubt, but it's great to confirm it with this bit of win-win news.

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Phillies-Dodgers observations: Phils lose, 5-4, fail to sweep MLB-best Dodgers

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Phillies-Dodgers observations: Phils lose, 5-4, fail to sweep MLB-best Dodgers

BOX SCORE

The Los Angeles Dodgers scored twice in the seventh inning to take the lead for good, en route to a 5-4 victory over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon.

Los Angeles, which salvaged the last game of the four-game series and snapped a four-game losing streak, sliced its magic number to clinch its fifth straight NL West championship to one.

The Phillies finished a 10-game homestand with a 7-3 mark, and lost for just the fourth time in 12 games.

With the Dodgers down 4-3, veteran outfielder Andre Ethier led off the eighth with a pinch-hit homer off Phils reliever Ricardo Pinto (1-2). Chris Taylor followed with a triple, and one out later Cody Bellinger drove him in with a grounder to Rhys Hoskins at first base.

Warren Buehler (1-0), the fourth of seven Dodgers pitchers, earned the victory with an inning of scoreless relief. Kenley Jansen worked 1 1/3 innings to earn his 39th save.

Here are some observations:

• Hoskins gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead when he smoked a 2-0 offering from Los Angeles reliever Josh Fields, a 98 mph fastball, up the gap in left-center for a two-run double in the fifth. 

• Nick Williams hit a first-pitch changeup from Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda for an opposite-field two-run homer in the third, erasing a 2-0 deficit. It was Williams’ 11th homer in 74 games with the Phillies this season.

• J.P. Crawford, a natural shortstop, made no fewer than four outstanding plays at third base, the first two on groundballs off the bat of Logan Forsythe, and the last two on bouncers by Austin Barnes. In the second, Crawford dove to his left to snag Forsythe’s smash and threw to second for the force, and in the fourth he short-hopped a slowly hit bouncer and fired to first. In the fifth, Crawford ranged to his left to flag down Barnes’ grounder, and with Taylor at third and the infield up in the seventh again, Crawford snagged a ball off Barnes’ bat. The runner, Chris Taylor, wound up scoring anyway, on Bellinger’s infield out.

 • Mark Leiter Jr. was left with a no-decision after going six innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits, while striking out three and walking one. The first two batters he faced in the top of the first reached, but only one of them scored, on Yasiel Puig’s sacrifice fly. Leiter surrendered an unearned run in the third, and Curtis Granderson’s solo homer in the sixth.

• Victor Arano had quite the adventure in his inning on the mound. He entered in the eighth inning, after Hoby Milner walked pinch-hitter Kiki Hernandez, and proceeded to strike out the next two hitters. Then he walked two, to loaded the bases, before retiring Taylor on a groundout to end the inning. Arano threw 21 pitches, 10 for strikes. 

• Maeda departed after three innings, having allowed two runs on three hits.

• The Phillies saw their 100-inning errorless string end five pitches into the game, when left fielder Aaron Altherr misplayed a single by Taylor, the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter.  

• Los Angeles 3B Justin Turner was hit on the right hand by a Leiter pitch in the first inning. He later left the game, and while X-rays were negative, he was diagnosed with a bruised thumb.

• The Phillies’ final road trip of the season consists of three games, beginning Friday in Atlanta. RHP Ben Lively (3-6, 3.94) opposes LHP Sean Newcomb (3-8, 4.32).