Clark had nothing but kind words for his fellow defensive back, saying “Congrats brother! Welcome to the rest of your life. We know you’ll be just as amazing in your new chapter!”
Congrats brother! Welcome to the rest of your life. We know you’ll be just as amazing in your new chapter!
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— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) March 30, 2022
Amazing is an understatement for Jenkins’ career with the Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles.
After playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes, the New Jersey native was drafted by the Saints in round one of the 2009 NFL Draft.
It was perfect timing for him because the Saints won XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts in his rookie season.
In that game, he had five solo tackles and a pass deflection.
Jenkins also won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles versus the New England Patriots, wherein he had four tackles and a pass deflection.
He signed a four-year, $32 million contract to return to New Orleans after six seasons with the Eagles.
But aside from team accomplishments, he also collected individual accolades, including a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2015 and a Second-Team All-Pro inclusion in 2020.
A New Era In New Orleans
Jenkins’ retirement means that no player from the 2009 Super Bowl-winning team is still with the Saints.
His former deputy, Dennis Allen, will take over his position.
Meanwhile, one of Brees’ former backups, Jameis Winston, will try to build on the 5-2 record he had before suffering an ACL injury.