Crunched: Eagles Release Cullen Jenkins

Crunched: Eagles Release Cullen Jenkins

When Cullen Jenkins restructured his contract last
offseason, taking a pay cut to remain with the Eagles after a season in which
he had just been named an alternate to the Pro Bowl, the defensive tackle
talked about the desire to finish his career in Philadelphia. “I want to finish
my career as an Eagle. That’s definitely something we took into consideration.”

Unfortunately for Jenkins, it simply wasn’t meant to be. As initially
reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter,
the Eagles have released the nine-year NFL
veteran in a cost-cutting move.

By releasing Jenkins, the Eagles will save $4 million in
2013 according to They take on $1.5 million in dead money for
the portion of the 32-year-old’s base salary that was guaranteed in the
restructuring. An additional $1 million was set to become guaranteed via a
roster bonus in March.

Jenkins was one of the last players remaining from the
summer of ’11 spending spree, a class of free agents that included Nnamdi
Asomugha and Jason Babin. He was also one of the few productive players the
organization signed during that offseason, registering 66 tackles, 9.5 sacks, a
pass deflection and a forced fumble in 32 games for the Birds.

While the Eagles were expected to shed salaries this
offseason, and Jenkins had one of the highest figures on the roster, his
release may be a tad surprising if for no other reason than because he has
played defensive end in a 3-4. Jenkins’ versatility could have come in handy as
Chip Kelly and Billy Davis try to transition Philly’s defense to a different

At the end of the day, it came down to money. While Jenkins
may have something left in the tank, and by all accounts is a stand-up guy, he
wasn’t worth the $5.5 million he was due to earn.

Fletcher Cox, Antonio Dixon, Mike Patterson, and Cedric
Thornton are the holdovers at interior lineman from last season. The new look might not take
effect this year, but Cox and Thornton project as ends in a 3-4, while Howie
Roseman mentioned Dixon as a potential nose tackle.

Although he probably could help the team, and he wasn’t an
unlikeable player while here, Jenkins’ departure doesn’t seem like too big of a
deal in the long run. It’s not like the Eagles are right up against the cap or
anything, but then again if he's not beating out
Cox or Thornton for a job, why keep Jenkins on the payroll at that number?

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Eagles Injury Update: Logan, Ron Brooks, McKelvin questionable

Eagles Injury Update: Logan, Ron Brooks, McKelvin questionable

Bennie Logan will miss practice again on Friday, but after sitting all week, will still be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

While it seems unlikely Logan will be able to play, head coach Doug Pederson said the starting defensive tackle will be a game-time decision.

“The chance to possibly work him ouct game day and just see where he’s at,” Pederson said. “It’s groin strain, so we just have to be careful with it and be smart with it and how we handle him.” 

If Logan can’t play, reserve Beau Allen would get just his third career start. 

“I’ll tell you, Beau was honestly one of the bright spots last week,” Pederson said. 

Along with Logan, Ron Brooks (calf), Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and Mychal Kendricks (ribs) will also be listed as questionable, according to Pederson. 

Pederson said Allen Barbre (ankle), Jason Kelce (foot), Jordan Matthews (knee tendinitis), Rodney McLeod (shoulder) and Marcus Smith (groin) should all be fine for Sunday’s game. 

McKelvin missed last week with the same hamstring that kept him out for Weeks 2 and 3 and forced him to leave the Lions game early. He has practiced in full all week. 

If Brooks, who was limited on Thursday, can’t play, the Eagles would be without their slot corner. That means Malcolm Jenkins would play the slot in the nickel package and Jaylen Watkins could come on the field as a safety.

While Kelce should be OK for the game, he did miss Wednesday’s practice with plantar fasciitis in his foot. 

Will that bother Kelce for the rest of the season? 

“It’s just a nagging deal,” Pederson said. “It’s kind of a sore … Again, I don’t know much about it. You can refer to it as a stone bruise, whatever you want to refer to it as. I talked to him yesterday. He was fine yesterday. We’ll just manage him and make sure he’s getting treatment and the proper medication and everything to try to keep it to a minimum.”

Penn at Yale: Quakers try to keep rolling, stay atop Ivies


Penn at Yale: Quakers try to keep rolling, stay atop Ivies

Penn (3-2, 2-0) at Yale (1-4, 1-1)
Yale Bowl, New Haven, Conn.
Friday, 7 p.m., NBCSN

It’s once again time for Friday night lights for Penn, which plays its second of three nationally televised Friday matchups tonight. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Scouting Penn
The Quakers won their third straight game and stayed perfect in the Ivy League with an easy 35-10 victory over old friend Al Bagnoli and Columbia last week. Junior running back Tre Solomon, the Ivy League’s leading rusher, was the star of the game, rushing for a career-high 127 yards on nine carries, catching five passes for 30 yards and even throwing a 23-yard TD pass on a late trick play. 

Quarterback Alek Torgersen threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns, one going to star junior Justin Watson and two more going to sophomore Christian Pearson, who’s emerging as another dynamic explosive receiving weapon. Linebacker Colton Moskal led the best defensive effort of the season with eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for a loss. Moskal, a Syracuse transfer, currently ranks fourth in the Ivies in tackles with nine per game.

Scouting Yale
The Bulldogs lost their first three games (including a surprising one to Cornell in their Ivy opener), snapped their slide vs. Dartmouth, and then fell back to its losing ways last week at Fordham. Yale’s defense has particularly struggled, allowing 44 points to Fordham after previously surrendering 55 points in a loss to Colgate and 63 in a loss to Lehigh. 

The Bulldogs’ scoring defense currently ranks 118 out of 122 teams in the FCS (40.4 points per game) and 117th in total defense (487.8 yards per game). But their defense does have two of the top tacklers in the Ivies in Hayden Carlson and Foyesade Oluokun. And led by the tandem of Dale Harris and Alan Lamar, Yale leads the Ivies in rushing offense, averaging 184.8 yards per game — two-tenths of a yard more than Penn.

Series history
Yale leads the overall series 47-35-1, but Penn is 18-6 in the programs’ last 24 meetings dating back to 1992. The Quakers prevailed in last year’s matchup but hasn’t won at the Yale Bowl since 2010.

Storyline to watch
The historic Yale Bowl was erected more than 100 years ago but this will be the first true night game in the history of the stadium. That will only add to the mystique for the Penn players, who beat Yale in a night game at Franklin Field last season and love Friday night games because it reminds them of their high school days. But Yale players certainly figure to be up for the unique matchup, too. 

What’s at stake?
A win would keep Penn atop the Ivies with either Princeton or Harvard, the two other unbeaten frontrunners who face off the following day. 

Alek Torgersen, Justin Watson and Tre Solomon should have a field day against Yale’s leaky defense. Penn 42, Yale 27.