Cullen Jenkins: Patriots Free Agent Target?

ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: Cullen Jenkins #77 of the Green Bay Packers runs onto the field prior to Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas.

After being named the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year in the week leading up to Super Bowl XLV, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick touched upon the Packers-Steelers match-up on NFL Network, and one particular nugget stood out to me:

I think Green Bay is very explosive offensively and they have excellent coverage people in the secondary, along with a good pass rush. I think getting [Cullen] Jenkins back is a big boost for them defensively, and of course, we didn't play against [Aaron] Rodgers.

The fact that Belichick mentioned defensive end Cullen Jenkins, the younger brother of New York Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, as a "big boost" could be telling.  Jenkins will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason (assuming there eventually is free agency), and with the Patriots in need of a right defensive end, Jenkins could be a potential fit.

Having just turned 30 last month, Jenkins produced seven sacks in just eleven games for the Packers this season.  Something that has intrigued me about Jenkins is his ability to rush the passer from the defensive end position on third downs, as we saw at times in the Super Bowl.  In a lot of ways, the Packers used Jenkins similar to a 4-3 defensive end, capitalizing on his speed and quickness for a man of his size (6'2", 305 lbs).  And speaking of his size, he is also a capable run defender who can hold up at the point of attack.  All in all, Jenkins appears to have a lot of the traits that the Patriots look for in their 3-4 right ends, even if he doesn't have that great height that Richard Seymour had.  He should also come at a fairly reasonable price (4 years, $20 million?).

What are you thoughts on Jenkins in a Patriots uniform?

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pats Pulpit

You must be a member of Pats Pulpit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pats Pulpit. You should read them.

Join Pats Pulpit

You must be a member of Pats Pulpit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pats Pulpit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker