CHICAGO, IL - FILE: Cullen Jenkins #77 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a sack of quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears in the first half in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. According to reports on July 30, 2011 Jenkins has agreed to a five year deal with $25 million with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Packers fans have been well aware for quite some time that Cullen Jenkins would be playing his football somewhere else this season, but a nice round of cuts to clear up salary cap space had a lot of us holding out hope. Well, hope no more, as Jenkins has signed a five-year, $25 million contract to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. This comes off the back of the signing of Nnamdi Asomugha and a trade for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. And despite trade rumors,Asante Samuel is still technically a member of the team.
The Eagles defense is looking mean coming into this season, and the Packers are now going to be leaning very heavily on Mike Neal. He's a great talent and I have all the faith in the world that he'll be able to fill Jenkins' shoes, but he obviously doesn't have the same experience as Jenkins and our depth on the defensive line isn't quite what it used to be.
Jenkins had been a 3-4 defensive end for the Packers, but will likely be a 4-3 pass rushing defensive tackle for the Eagles.