Cullen Jenkins

American football player (born 1981)

American football player
Cullen Jenkins
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Jenkins with the Green Bay Packers in 2006
No. 77, 97, 99, 73
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1981-01-20) January 20, 1981 (age 41)
Detroit, Michigan
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school:Belleville (MI)
College:Central Michigan
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:349
Forced fumbles:8
Fumble recoveries:9
Pass deflections:20
Player stats at

Cullen Darome Jenkins (born January 20, 1981) is a former American football defensive end. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2003. In his last year as a Packer, he won Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Central Michigan University. He has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins.

Early years

Both he and his brother Kris Jenkins played at Belleville High School under Bob LaPointe.

College career

Jenkins played college football for Central Michigan University, where he recorded 40 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 4½ sacks, and two passes defensed during his senior year.

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

After going undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft, Jenkins signed with the Green Bay Packers on May 2, 2003.[1] One year later, after an impressive NFL Europe season and strong training camp, Jenkins landed a spot on the Packers' roster. From 2004 to November 2006, Jenkins was the backup for Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, and took over the starting role the final month of the 2006 season. As the starter for the last month of games, he recorded a career-high 6½ sacks that year, including his first three-sack game vs. Detroit on December 17, 2006.

On February 26, 2007, Jenkins signed a four-year, $16 million contract extension.[2] Jenkins batted down nine passes in 2007, the most by a Packers defensive lineman since the team began recording the statistic in 1980. He also finished 2007 with 26 total combined tackles and one sack.

In the 2008 season, the Packers decided to start Jenkins rather than Gbaja-Biamila for the second season in a row. He could only play four games though, before he suffered a torn pectoral muscle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 28, 2008. Two days later, he was placed on injured reserve. During his injury-shorted 2008 year, Jenkins had 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a pass defended, and a forced fumble.

In the 2009 season, Jenkins returned as a starting defensive end because the Packers had switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. Jenkins started all 16 games in 2009 with 32 tackles, 4.5 sacks, a pass defended, an interception, and three forced fumbles.

In the 2010 season Jenkins missed five games with a calf injury. He appeared in 11 games (started six) with 18 total combined tackles, seven sacks, and one pass defended. Jenkins was part of a major role of the Packers' 3-4 defense during their postseason run where they eventually won Super Bowl XLV, their first world championship in 14 years.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Jenkins to a five-year, $25 million contract on July 30, 2011.[3] In 2011, he recorded 5.5 sacks, 24 hurries, and seven tackles-for-loss.[4] He agreed to a restructured contract on February 21, 2012,[4] with the new contract running through the 2014 season instead of the 2015 season.[5] On February 25, 2013, the Eagles declined his roster bonus, making him a free agent.[6]

New York Giants

On March 10, 2013, Jenkins was signed to a three-year contract by the New York Giants.[7]

Washington Redskins

On August 29, 2016, Jenkins signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins.[8] After playing one preseason game, he was released on September 3, 2016.[9] He re-signed with the team on September 13.[10]


  1. ^ "Packers sign 11 undrafted free agents". May 2, 2003. Archived from the original on January 17, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Defensive lineman Jenkins extended by Packers", Associated Press, February 26, 2007. Retrieved on April 20, 2008.
  3. ^ Eagles sign Cullen Jenkins
  4. ^ a b Kapadia, Sheil (February 21, 2012). "How Jenkins' return affects the DT picture". Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (February 22, 2012). "Cullen Jenkins takes pay cut, will earn $5.8 million". Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  6. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (February 25, 2013). "Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson released by Eagles". National Football League. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Hanzus, Dan (March 10, 2013). "Cullen Jenkins, N.Y. Giants strike three-year contract". Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  8. ^ Czarda, Stephen (August 29, 2016). "Report: Redskins Sign Veteran Defensive Lineman Cullen Jenkins". Archived from the original on August 30, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Orr, Conor (September 3, 2016). "Washington Redskins release veteran Cullen Jenkins". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Keim, John. "Redskins turn to veteran end Cullen Jenkins". ESPN. Retrieved September 14, 2016.

External links

  • Philadelphia Eagles bio
  • Green Bay Packers bio
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