Eagles cut free agent bust Cullen Jenkins

Eagles cut another member of the 'Dream Team' free agent class

2/25/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Eagles cut free agent bust Cullen JenkinsEver since Vince Young referred to the Eagles' 2011 free agent acquisitions as a "dream team," things haven't been going so well in Philadelphia. The Eagles have a record of 12-20 since the summer of 2011, and have already parted ways with a few of their dream team free agents. Young was not re-signed after his one-year deal expired, and Jason Babin was released midseason in 2012 after a disappointing start. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a free agent this summer and is not expected to return to Philadelphia.

The Eagles continued to clear out under-performers on Monday by cutting defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, who had three years remaining on his five-year deal. Jenkins was a highly touted free agent after racking up 7.0 sacks in 11 games with the Packers during the 2010 season. Over his 32 games with the Eagles, however, Jenkins tallied only 9.5 sacks.

The decrease in production may not have been all on Jenkins. The Eagles played Jenkins at defensive tackle in their wide-nine defense. Over the course of his career, Jenkins has been most effective playing defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. This is why teams can't just go after any free agent - not all players are scheme versatile.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has reported that Jenkins has already expressed interest in returning to the Packers, who he spent the first seven years of his career with. Jenkins reportedly never wanted to leave Green Bay in the first place, and he could give the team a boost as a role player. With defensive end Jerel Worthy coming off a late-season knee injury, the Packers very well may give Jenkins a look.

The Eagles may not be done cutting big name players. Nnamdi Asomugha and his monstrous contract are both still with the Eagles, and Asomugha has not played up to expectations since signing. ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that if Asomugha does not take a massive pay cut, he will likely released. Asomugha is another player who I believe was playing way out of his element in Philadelphia. A dominant bump-and-run, man-cover corner in Oakland, Asomugha was frequently asked to play deep zones and looser man coverage with the Eagles.

As we already know, the "Dream Team" was one of the biggest free agent catastrophes in NFL history, and Jenkins being sent to the open market further proves what we already knew. If Asomugha ends up being released, every high-profile free agent from 2011 will be gone just two years later. I don't think anyone expected that.
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