Posted on: February 25, 2011 12:06 am
Edited on: February 25, 2011 12:55 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Looks like a Super Bowl ring isn’t enough to sway Packers DL Cullen Jenkins, one of the fiercest of Green Bay’s defenders, to stick around.
After today’s franchise tag deadline passed without the Packers making a move, Jenkins told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel there’s almost no chance he’ll return to Green Bay.
"I'm 99 percent sure something won't happen,"he told the paper. "Not at this point. You get to a point where you want to go where you feel you're wanted.
"The way everything came down, it's just time for a new start."
If the Packers had tagged him, Jenkins would have cost about $12 million for 2011. But they didn’t, and since Jenkins believes the Packers have no interest in a long-term deal, he’ll look elsewhere for a new team and a new contract.
"We've gone for so long," Jenkins said. "We approached them last off-season about doing an extension and we haven't heard anything. You would think you would have received an offer by now.”
Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising. Jenkins is still a standout, but he’s 30 now and his role has become more limited. Besides, it sounds like the Packers want to see how second-year players Mike Neal and C.J. Wilson perform in Jenkins’ absence. Now, it looks like they’ll get their chance.
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Posted on: December 15, 2010 1:02 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
Of the myriad injuries to strike Green Bay this season, the one that has not received a whole lot of attention has been Cullen Jenkins’. The 305-pound DE/DT has been battling a calf problem for most of the season.
This past Sunday at Detroit was only the second time Jenkins has had to sit (the first was Week 7 at Minnesota), but it won’t be the last. Jenkins has already been ruled out for this Sunday against the Patriots. His status for the remainder of the season is up in the air.
“These muscle injuries, hard to tell because you never know when it’s going to be to that point when you turn the corner and start feeling better,” Jenkins said, according to Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press Gazette. “But until then we’ll just have to keep taking it easy, try to let it heal itself. There’s not too much you can actually do.”
“It’s stiff and tender, pretty much every step I take I feel it,” he said. “So right now I’ll go home, put it up and rest it. Just keep doing that.”
Jenkins thinks his calf problems may stem from the long distance jogging he did in the offseason. Despite the injury, he has managed to rack up seven sacks this year, which is substantial for a defensive lineman in a 3-4 scheme (it helps that the Packers have had him operate out of a two-point stance at times).
Few players have the hand quickness and lateral burst of Jenkins. He is arguably Green Bay’s most important front seven run defender. That said, Green Bay can survive without him, as backup C.J. Wilson has played very well against the run this season.
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Posted on: December 14, 2010 4:37 pm
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Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:21 am
Edited on: November 1, 2010 10:53 am
Posted by Andy Benoit
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