New York Giants: Big Blue Interested in Former Eagles DT Cullen Jenkins

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IFebruary 28, 2013

A few weeks ago, the New York Giants released veteran defensive tackle Chris Canty.

After four years with the team, the Giants made the move in order to clear salary cap space.

As far as a potential replacement goes, it looks like the Giants didn't have to look too far into their own division for a potential suitor.

According to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star Ledger, the Giants will bring in former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins for a visit with the team.

Free-agent DT Cullen Jenkins visiting Giants tomorrow | NJ.com nj.com/giants/index.s…

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) February 28, 2013

The 32-year-old Jenkins was released by the team this past week after originally signing a five-year deal back in July of 2011.

Vrentas has said her source requested anonymity because the Giants have not officially announced the visit yet.

Before playing with the Eagles, Jenkins played seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers and was a member of their 2010 Super Bowl winning team.

In 2012, Jenkins had 27 total tackles with four sacks. In 2011, Jenkins had 40 total tackles along with 5.5 sacks for the Eagles.

The Giants re-signed veteran Shaun Rogers earlier this month and have starter Linval Joseph as well, so if the team is interested in going after Jenkins, the move makes sense for the team.

Jenkins would add another solid presence in the middle for the Giants who can get to the quarterback.

And with a pass rush that was very lackluster in 2012, it's no surprise that Giants general manager Jerry Reese is considering making a move like this one to potentially bolster the defensive line.

We'll have to see how the meeting goes between the Giants and Jenkins and if a deal ends up getting worked out between the two.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.