New York Giants: Cullen Jenkins to Big Blue Was Right Move to Make for 2013

Doug RushSenior Analyst IMarch 11, 2013

Aug 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (97) along the sidelines during the second quarter against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jets 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants made a very large splash on the eve of free agency.

Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network was the first one to break the news that the New York Giants had landed former Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.

NYG have signed DT Cullen Jenkins to a three-year deal for $8 million, $3 million guaranteed. Nice pickup.

— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) March 10, 2013

Jenkins' deal with the Giants was for three years at $8 million, $3 million of which is guaranteed.

On February 28, I had reported on here that the 32-year-old was coming to New Jersey to visit with the team on March 1, which was the first time we all learned about the Giants' interest in Jenkins.

After leaving the meeting with no deal in place, I then speculated on whether or not the Giants would be able to sign Jenkins or would look to other options on the market.

In the survey conducted, only 46 percent of the 934 voters thought Jenkins would sign, and I think that was because he left New Jersey without a guaranteed contract.

But now, Jenkins is locked up and will be a member of the Giants in 2013, something he was excited to announce on his Twitter account.

Next chapter beginning??? I think so.

— Cullen Jenkins (@CullenJenkins) March 10, 2013

Jenkins' new teammate and defensive captain Justin Tuck was also very excited to hear of the news and welcomed him publicly.

@cullenjenkins welcome to the gold young brother. We got a lot of work to do

— Justin Tuck (@JustinTuckNYG91) March 11, 2013

Adding Jenkins to the Giants defense was a great move to make in free agency.

What the Giants have added is a pass-rushing defensive tackle who can stuff the run and clog up the middle, which will also make it easier for whoever is playing middle linebacker in 2013.

Plus, having Jenkins, Shaun Rogers and Linval Joseph rotating in the middle will give the Giants defense an even bigger boost and push against the guards and center.

And by improving the middle, it will also take some of the pressure off Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka on the outside.

Jenkins is a threat to get to the quarterback, having 9.5 sacks in his last two seasons with the Eagles. If the offensive line has to worry enough about the big guys like Jenkins, Rogers and Joseph in the middle, it''ll allow the Giants defensive ends to cause their normal havoc on the outside.

I'll be honest, I was really skeptical when Jenkins went to visit teams like the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers out west because he may have liked what they had to offer.

But in the end, I guess Jenkins felt he had the best opportunity to start and to win another Super Bowl with the Giants.

Before signing with the Eagles in 2011, Jenkins was a member of the 2010 Green Bay Packers that won Super Bowl XLV.

Now, Jenkins will not only hope to bolster a unit that struggled tremendously in 2013, but hope to get the Giants to their third Super Bowl in seven seasons.

Getting Jenkins was the move the team needed to kick off the free agency period and should work out for the team next season.