Saturday, July 30, 2011

Signing of Jenkins meant the end for Bunkley

Minutes after the Eagles agreed to terms with defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins on a 5-year contract Saturday, they sent Brodrick Bunkley, the defensive tackle drafted in the first round in 2006, to the Cleveland Browns for a fifth round pick in 2012.

The 6-2, 305-pound Jenkins notched 7 sacks in 11 games with the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. He could earn $25 million over the length of the contract. Bunkley had 6 sacks in five seasons.

Cullen can play inside or outside, having started on the edge in the Packers' 3-4 defense last year but the Eagles want him to supply the inside push they didn't get from Bunkley.

"This is a guy we didn't think we'd would have the opportunity to acquire," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. "And the way things have worked out in the past few days, when the opportunity came to us we jumped at it. He's a highly coveted player."

Jenkins, who turned 30 in January, has 29 sacks in seven seasons.


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