Safety Malcolm Jenkins is one of the key players on the Philadelphia Eagles core, but even the 29-year-old isn’t untouchable when it comes to trade discussions.
A couple weeks ago, there are reports that the Philadelphia Eagles offered the New Orleans Saints a third- and fourth-rounder draft selection on-board with safety Malcolm Jenkins to pull off a trade deal for wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who was eventually dealt to the New England Patriots.
Since then, the Philadelphia Eagles de facto general manager Howie Roseman said on 97.5 TheFanatic that the Philly weren’t close to dealing Malcolm Jenkins, but didn’t deny that his name has emerged.
Jenkins has addressed those trade talks via a phone interview with ESPN’s Tim McManus and said that he had spoken with Howie Roseman about them.
“His message was that they want me to be an Eagle,” Jenkins said. “They love what I’m doing on the field, they love what I’m doing in the community and they want me to be a big part of what they do from a long-term standpoint. But at the same time, if somebody is going to offer something ridiculously high for me that he thinks is in the best interest of the team then he would definitely consider, which he would with anybody. And I understand that. So that doesn’t give me any anxiety or any worry.”
Jenkins said that he thinks he would have been involved in the trade deal for the right offer.
A veteran of eight years in the National Football League, Jenkins said he isn’t “naive enough to think that if somebody put in an offer at the right price that I wouldn’t be a movable piece.”
While Jenkins is quite a pivotal piece to the Eagles, he isn’t untouchable when it comes to trade discussions. But the trade deal has never happened and Jenkins will likely be with the franchise to start the 2017 NFL season as a key player.