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Cullen Jenkins was a lot of things for the Green Bay Packers, yet the team decided not to re-sign him after the lockout ended. Why?
General Manager Ted Thompson is not in the habit of getting into details about the whys and wherefors of his decisions. He is right so much more often than he is wrong, but whatever the reasons, the results prove he was wrong this time.
Reasons given by fans and media to support the decision probably include his reasons and then some.
1. He wanted too much money. At most, Thompson may have assumed this based on conversations before the 2010 season ended. However, we now know better: Jenkins signed for just $5 million per year with just $4 million guaranteed—$1.87 per year and $2.5 more guaranteed than James Jones, who had 38 catches for 635 yards during the regular season and one for 16 Sunday vs. New York.
2. He is injured too much. Except he missed only 12 games in seven years (none for the Eagles in 2011). And Mike Neal, slated to replace him, missed more than that last year alone and has been inactive more in each of the last three seasons (including his senior season at Purdue) than he has been on the field.
3. He is declining. Jenkins had 5.5 sacks and 40 tackles, while no Packers lineman had more than 26 tackles or three sacks. Granted, a 3-4 lineman will not accumulate more stats than a 4-3 lineman, but Jenkins had 18 and seven, respectively, in 11 games last season.