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.

>> Jenkins likes Eagles enough to take pay cut [CSN]

Penn can't stop Chase Edmonds in loss to Fordham

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Penn can't stop Chase Edmonds in loss to Fordham

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NEW YORK -- Chase Edmonds ran for 152 yards, added 49 yards receiving, and scored four total touchdowns to help lead Fordham to a 31-17 win over Penn on Saturday.

Kevin Anderson threw for 231 yards and one TD and Austin Longi added 92 yards receiving for the Rams (2-1).

Edmonds scored three times in the first half and Fordham opened up a 24-10 lead at halftime.

Penn responded late in the third on an Alek Torgersen 2-yard plunge which cut the score to 24-17. The Quakers (0-2) had an opportunity to tie it late but were turned away on downs at the Fordham 27-yard line.

Edmonds added his fourth score on the ensuing drive to put the game out of reach.

Torgersen had 125 yards passing for Penn.

Fordham has won three straight in the series and is now 25-2 at home since 2012, third best in FCS during that time frame.

Tonight's Lineup: Jorge Alfaro catches, bats 8th vs. Mets

Tonight's Lineup: Jorge Alfaro catches, bats 8th vs. Mets

Jorge Alfaro is behind the plate for the Phillies tonight and bats eighth. Alfaro has appeared in just four games since being called up earlier this month, and has just one hit in 10 at-bats. 

Tommy Joseph is back in the lineup and batting fifth. Pete Mackanin has said that Ryan Howard would get a lot of playing time during the last few games, but it is Joseph who gets the start tonight. Joseph is batting just .154 against the Mets this season. 

Odubel Herrera, who has been hitting well in September, will remain in the three spot. He has two homers and is batting .391 over the past week. Herrera has two hits in six at-bats against Mets' starter Sean Gilmartin. 

Phillies

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, RF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF 
4. Maikel Franco, 3B 
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Darin Ruf, LF
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Jorge Alfaro, C
9. Alec Asher, P