Tag:Cullen Jenkins
Posted on: August 10, 2011 2:59 pm

Clay Matthews played with stress fracture in shin

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's yet more proof that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews should've won NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors over Troy Polamalu last season*. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Rob Demovsky, Matthews, who missed all four 2010 preseason games with a balky hammy, played the second half of the year with a stress fracture in his lower leg.

"That would explain why Matthews was listed on every injury report from Week 9 through the NFC championship game as probable with a shin injury," Demovsky wrote Wednesday.

It may also explain why Matthews' only registered four sacks in the final eight games after racking up 10 the first half of the season (another explanation: offenses started double-teaming him in passing situations). Either way, Matthews looked plenty healthy in the Super Bowl (he wasn't listed on the injury report), and he caused a key second-half Rashard Mendenhall fumble to stall a Steelers drive.

“I don’t make a big deal of it,” Matthews told the Press-Gazette Tuesday. “(It happened) some time in the middle of the season. You can’t do anything about it. I was just taking practices off and showing up on game day and giving it my all.”

Demovsky points out that Matthews only mentioned the injury because he was asked about the loss of defensive end Cullen Jenkins, who signed with the Eagles this offseason. In 2010, Matthews had 14 sacks in the 15 games Cullen played. In the five games Cullen missed, Matthews managed just three sacks.

“I also had a stress fracture in four of those games,” Matthews said. “But nobody knows that. I had a stress fracture in my leg. A sore shin as you guys call it, but that’s all right. Obviously, I’m not making excuses. Cullen is a terrific athlete, and we’re definitely going to take a hit in our defensive line, but at the same time I think they have confidence in the guys coming up.”

Whether Matthews has two good wheels or has to peg-leg his way to a quarterback sack, we don't expect much to change. He seems unaffected by pain, which can only mean one thing: Matthews' strength comes from his hair.

* We're kidding -- both Matthew and Polamalu were worthy of the award, and both players, it turns out, were injured for stretches last season.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:09 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 7:31 pm

Redskins sign DE Stephen Bowen

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After trading Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots, the Redskins had to wonder just how they were going to replace alllllll of that rock-solid Haynesworth production.

Well, as Rapid Reporter John Keim points out, Washington has signed former Cowboys DE Stephen Bowen to a five-year, $27.5 million deal with $12.5 million guaranteed.

BowenOriginally, Washington set its sights on DE Cullen Jenkins, but that deal fell through, allowing the Redskins to bring in Bowen, who Dallas apparently really wanted to keep.

Instead, he goes to Washington where he should have more of an impact (in his first five seasons in the league -- all with Dallas -- and he’s combined for 5.5 sacks 72 total tackles). Bowen initially had said he wanted to remain in Dallas, but the Redskins were so aggressive financially with Bowen that he couldn’t turn down their offer.

"They separated themselves with salary," Bowen said, via the Washington Post. "It was very hard to say no.

"When free agency hit at 10 am, (the Redskins) called at 10:01."

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Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:58 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:21 am

Redskins will be busy in free agency

ShanahanPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The Redskins weren’t big-time players in free agency last offseason -- though they did make a pretty big-time trade for Donovan McNabb, which didn’t exactly, um, work out for anybody -- but NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora writes that the previous attitude will change once the lockout ends.

Apparently, the primary objective for coach Mike Shanahan is to sign wide receiver Santonio Holmes, though you can be sure the Jets will put up a fight for him, while players like Ravens G Marshall Yanda, Packers DL Cullen Jenkins and Jets DL Kris Jenkins also are wanted by the Redskins.

LaCanfora writes that the team very well could land the Jenkins brothers, because neither will be as in demand as Holmes and Yanda.

If the Redskins were to sign Holmes, there’s a decent chance that WR Santana Moss -- who’s been in Washington for the past six seasons -- would not return (though he has stated that he wants to stay with the Redskins).

Not surprisingly, the team doesn’t plan to keep McNabb or DL/troublemaker Albert Haynesworth. Washington most likely will release McNabb once the lockout is over. But the Redskins still will want to find somebody who will take Haynesworth in a trade, in part because they don’t want Haynesworth to get his way and in part because they want to control where Haynesworth plays next year (ie. not anywhere in the NFC East).

But as LaCanfora writes, this will be a big offseason for Shanahan, because he “already has fallen under scrutiny following clashes with top players and acute struggles on both offense and defense during his first season in Washington.”

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 8:52 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 12:11 am

Redskins need to consider life after Haynesworth

Posted by Ryan Wilson

A new labor deal may or may not be on the horizon, but when the owners and players come to an agreement, there will likely be an accelerated free-agency period followed by training camp and the regular season.

By that point, everything should be back to normal, which includes Albert Haynesworth making life difficult for some poor coach who thought he would be the one to motivate a man seemingly incapable of being motivated. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was never under such illusions when he arrived in Washington last year. By the preseason it was clear they couldn't co-exist.

Just chalk it up as another one of Dan Snyder's high-priced personnel mistakes. (The 'Skins gave Haynesworth a $100 million deal in February 2009, including $41 million in guarantees.)

And now, even though Washington desperately needs some help along the defensive line, the rebuilding process won't include Haynesworth. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora figures "Aubrayo Franklin and Cullen Jenkins [will] get a good long look [from the 'Skins]," adding that “I think they’d trade (Haynesworth) for a seventh-round pick somewhere outside the division before they dealt him to the Eagles."

(La Canfora mentioned Philadelphia because Jim Washburn, Haynesworth's former defensive line coach in Tennessee, now coaches the Eagles' defensive line.) 

“They should have taken a fifth for him last offseason and ended the circus then,” La Canfora continued. “We shall see. Skins GM Bruce Allen has repeatedly told Haynesworth’s people that if they don’t get ‘real value’ in a trade they won’t move him, but I don’t see them getting anything better than a fifth for him, and they have wanted much more than that.”

Allen's thinking isn't unique to the Redskins. It's prevalent among teams that fork over substantial paydays for big-name free agents only to get in return substandard performances and less salary-cap wiggle room. Instead of cutting bait and moving on, they suffer from what economists call the "sunk cost fallacy." In English, it's simply throwing good money after bad.

Brian Burke of AdvancedNFLStats.com talked about the sunk cost fallacy late in the 2009 season, relating it to JaMarcus Russell.
Russell certainly isn’t the only top pick who was kept under center too long. Just about every team has had a similar experience in recent memory. General managers and coaches are the ones least willing to cut their losses with bad players because they’re the ones most attached to the sunk costs. The importance of responsibility is why it makes some sense to periodically replace senior management, whether at corporation, a government agency, or professional football team. New managers are not beholden to their predecessors’ sunk costs, and are freer to make rational decisions.
Unfortunately for the Redskins, Allen -- who inherited Haynesworth from Vinny Cerrato -- hasn't followed that advice. Presumably because in the back of Allen's mind is the fear that if he cuts Haynesworth, not only does that mean tens of millions of dollars down the drain (sunk cost!), there's the chance that another team will sign him, and worse, he will play well.

To paraphrase an an old saying: "A player is worth what somebody's willing to pay for him." Which is usually muttered right before someone else says, "It only takes one team." The problem: "one team" has historically referred to the Redskins, an outfit renown for paying well over market rates -- either in salary or draft picks -- for locker room malcontents, players on the downside of great careers or both.

Of course, if Allen promptly jettisons Haynesworth when the lockout ends, and Bill Belichick signs him for the league minimum, expect the media to hail the decision as "low-risk" and "genius." It's this thinking that got the Redskins in their current predicament.

On the upside, Washington gets a $41 million paperweight out of it. So there's that.

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:00 am

Packers don't show much interest in Jenkins

C. Jenkins probably won't return to Green Bay next year (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Even though he was willing to give the Packers a hometown discount, it appears likely that Packer DL Cullen Jenkins’ career in Green Bay is over. Which is unfortunate for him, because he and his family enjoy living in Green Bay and really wanted to stay.

But a combination of injuries in two of the past three seasons and the fact he’s 30 years old and with Mike Neal (who also, ahem, had his rookie season ruined last year by a torn rotator cuff injury) ready to step into the starting role, there doesn’t seem to be much interest on the Packers side in bringing him back.

“Heading into last year, I’ve always been up there and always been a Packer, and I wanted to stay a Packer,” Jenkins told Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee. “So we approached the team and wanted to get some type of security, some type of longer-term deal before the season so I would know I would be there. It wasn’t about money, it was about security, about trying to see if we could work something out.”

Wilde asked Jenkins - who would have cost Green Bay about $12 million in 2011 if it had franchise-tagged him – if he would have taken less money from the Packers to stay with the organization he’s been with since 2003.

“Yeah. That was the thought then,” he said. “I knew in going to them, I know Green Bay, I know the market, I know how they handle business, and the thought was if we could get something reasonable worked out, I knew I would take less than what I could’ve gotten in free agency. But they never approached me with anything and never got any type of negotiations going. It’s just how the business is. They had a lot of younger guys and felt they could move forward in that direction.”

Jenkins had one of his more productive seasons last year, despite missing five games with calf problems, as he totaled seven sacks. But considering the depth for Green Bay’s ends isn’t great – especially if Johnny Jolly and all of his off-the-field problems don’t return to the team – the Packers are taking a little bit of a gamble if they don’t bring back Jenkins.

“Throughout my whole career, I’ve had a great time in Green Bay,” Jenkins said. “The things that I‘ve gotten to experience … heck, I was given my opportunity in Green Bay. And although this whole thing with them not approaching me about a contract and things like that, that may not be the way I would have liked things to happen, you can’t base your whole experience with Green Bay off of that.”

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 12:06 am
Edited on: February 25, 2011 12:55 am

Cullen Jenkins, Packers likely to split

C. Jenkins 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: February 11, 2011 11:32 pm

Johnny Jolly applies for reinstatement

Posted by Andy Benoit

Remember Johnny Jolly? The budding defensive end for the Packers who got suspended indefinitely for substance abuse infractions this past offseason? As expected, he wants back in.
J. Jolly (US Presswire)
Jolly’s agent, Brian Overstreet, told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that his client is in the process of filing reinstatement paperwork with the NFL. In handing out the suspension, Roger Goodell told Jolly that he could apply for reinstatement after the Super Bowl (little did Jolly know at the time that what Goodell could have said was, “You can apply for reinstatement after your team wins a Super Bowl without you.”)

Because he signed his one-year RFA offer last offseason, Jolly remains under contract with the Packers. Obviously, they don’t have a dire need for his services, but with Cullen Jenkins’ looming free agency, GM Ted Thompson could view Jolly as a more cost-effective end. (Then again, ’10 second-round pick Mike Neal is also waiting in the wings.)

Demovsky was told by a team source that the Packers would welcome Jolly back – as long as he’s clean. “They’ve been very supportive of him this whole ride,” Overstreet said. “So I’d be surprised if that didn’t happen. But you know, Johnny realizes that he has some responsibilities in this and to make sure that he does that. But they’ve been nothing but supportive of Johnny his entire career, even with this.”

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Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:02 am

Packers free agents want to get paid

C. Jenkins could be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s never too early to think about the potential free agents that could leave the Super Bowl champion Packers. I mean, it’s only been THREE days since they bathed in confetti in Dallas, and that obviously means it’s time to discuss who’s eligible to leave and if they’re going to do so.*

*The caveat being that if the owners lock out the players, none of this will matter.

Assuming we’re playing by normal rules, here are some of the unrestricted free agents who, if they leave Green Bay, could impact next season’s squad.

K Mason Crosby, RBs John Kuhn and Brandon Jackson, DE Cullen Jenkins, G Daryn Colledge and WR James Jones. Most of them are replaceable (though Kuhn developed a nice little fan following) but Jenkins is an effective pass-rusher and Colledge is certainly above average on the offensive line.

Though Jenkins told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he’d like to stay in Green Bay, he also understands that by not having signed a deal during the season, he’s at far greater risk to leave the squad.

“I understand it’s a business,” Jenkins said. “Hopefully, there’s not a lockout and even if there is, we can get something done. Hopefully, we can get it ironed out quickly.”

One sticking point that the Journal Sentinel points out:

Green Bay will owe LB A.J. Hawk a $10 million base salary next season. What the Packers decide to do with him – keep him, renegotiate his deal or release him to avoid paying him – will impact how they deal with the rest of their unrestricted free agents, all of whom feel they deserve to cash a nice payday after winning the Super Bowl.

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