Jenkins, Saints agree to five-year deal
METAIRIE, La. -- Rookie cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and the New Orleans Saints agreed to terms Sunday night on a five-year contract, opening the way for the former Ohio State standout to report to training camp.
Jenkins was the Saints' first-round draft pick, taken 14th overall, and has missed the first 10 days of camp, including the club's scrimmage on Saturday.
"We're glad to have agreed to this five-year deal with Malcolm and look forward to seeing him at practice with his teammates" on Monday, general manager Mickey Loomis said. "He is an intelligent young man and given what we saw from him on the field during the offseason, I'm confident that he will get up to speed sooner rather than later."
The Saints open their preseason schedule on Friday night against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Louisiana Superdome. Jenkins could have an opportunity to play in all four exhibition games as he attempts to work his way into the Saints lineup.
"Finally we can get this ball rolling," Jenkins announced on his Twitter Web site Sunday night. "Sorry for making you guys wait ..."
Currently, Jenkins is slotted as a backup, with Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter the expected starters at corner. Randall Gay also has rotated in to work with the first-team cornerbacks during camp, but missed a couple practices late last week with an inflamed bursa at the base of his heel.
Jenkins started 45 games in a four-year career at Ohio State that earned him first-team All-America honors and the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior. He was an Associated Press first-team All-Big Ten choice as a junior and senior.
He had 11 career interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He also had 196 tackles and one sack, deflected 18 passes and forced four fumbles. Also playing on special teams, he blocked three punts, two during his senior season.
Last season, Jenkins made a career-high 57 tackles, including one sack, intercepted three passes and forced three fumbles.
The Saints did not release financial terms of Jenkins' contract.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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