The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with safety Malcolm Jenkins on a four-year contract. The announcements were made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Jenkins, 6-0, 204, rejoins the Saints for whom he began his professional career in 2009 as a first round draft pick (14th overall) out of Ohio State. The Piscataway, N.J., native is a veteran of 11 NFL seasons, playing his first five in New Orleans and his last six with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jenkins has played in 167 career regular season games with 159 starts and has career totals of 1,076 tackles (784 solo), 10 sacks, 17 interception with six returned for touchdowns, 115 passes defensed,15 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, 44 special teams stops, three coverage forced fumbles, one coverage fumble recovery and three blocked field goals. His six picks returned for touchdowns since 2009 are tied for third in the NFL during this period. He has played in 12 career postseason contests with 10 starts for two Super Bowl championship teams and has recorded 75 tackles (57 solo), two sacks and five passes defensed. In his 11 campaigns he has played for seven playoff teams, four division champions and two Super Bowl champs. He has earned Pro Bowl honors three times (2015, 2017 and 2018) and was an Associated Press second-team All-Pro.
Photos of safety Malcolm Jenkins during his first stint with the New Orleans Saints and his time with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jenkins appeared in 71 regular season with 63 starts with the Saints from 2009-13. He registered 394 tackles (279 solo). He also had seven sacks, six interceptions, 38 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 14 special teams stops, two coverage forced fumbles, one coverage fumble recovery and one blocked field goal. Jenkins was a part of a team that captured two NFC South titles, qualified for the playoffs four times and captured Super Bowl XLIV during his tenure and in six postseason games with four starts, he recorded 24 tackles (16 solo), one sacks, two passes defensed and one special teams stop.
Jenkins signed with the Eagles as an unrestricted free agent in 2014. In 2019, he started all 16 games and led the Eagles with 118 tackles (82 solo), 2.5 sacks, 12 passes defensed, a career-high four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two special teams stops and one blocked field goal. In the NFC Wild Card Playoff loss to Seattle, Jenkins posted ten tackles and a sack.
At Ohio State, Jenkins was a team captain and consensus All-American selection as a senior in 2008 and was honored with the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive back.
Both during his tenures with the Saints and Eagles, Jenkins has been one of the most socially conscious and community-minded players in the NFL. In 2019, he was nominated for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for the third time and was the recipient of the 2017 NFLPA Byron "Whizzer" White Award for extraordinary philanthropic and on-field performance. He launched his "Malcolm Jenkins Foundation" in 2010 to provide resources, experiences and opportunities for underserved youth. The foundation's active in New Orleans, New Jersey, Ohio and Philadelphia. In New Orleans alone, since 2012, the foundation's scholars program has awarded more than $128,000 in scholarships, of which 70% of the scholars are first generation college students. In 2017, he co-founded the Players Coalition to organize a group of NFL players' fight for racial and social equality.