Former Ohio State Standout Malcolm Jenkins Returns, Signs With Saints

By March 19, 2020 (7:00 am)Football

Malcolm Jenkins is returning to where his NFL career began.

The former two-time All-American at Ohio State signed with the Saints, where he won the Super Bowl as a rookie in 2010.

Jenkins leaves Philadelphia, where he also won a Super Bowl in 2017. He recorded exact stat lines of four solo tackles and one pass defensed in both of his Super Bowl victories.

As a key part of the Saints defense, Jenkins played in 71 games across five seasons in New Orleans, including 63 starts from 2009-13. The former three-time All-Big Ten first-team cornerback converted to safety as a Saint, recording six interceptions, six forced fumbles and three touchdowns, including this 96-yard pick six as a second-year player on Dec. 12, 2010 against the Rams:

The Saints will not likely sign fellow former Ohio State defensive back Vonn Bell, making Jenkins the presumed starter. Bell, a former All-American, started 45 of 61 games in four years in The Big Easy.

The secondary in New Orleans has the potential of an elite group, featuring two-time Pro Bowler and former Buckeye Marshon Lattimore and 2016 Pro Bowler Janoris Jenkins at outside corner. The back end also includes Malcolm Jenkins and three-year starter Marcus Williams at safety, as well as solid second-year corner CJ Gardner-Johnson and veteran Patrick Robinson in the slot.

Malcolm Jenkins brings leadership, excellence and durability to the Saints secondary. The former three-time All-Big Ten first-team performer started 96 straight games and did not miss a snap in five of his six seasons with the Eagles, which included three Pro Bowl nods.

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