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New York Giants: Will Big Blue Sign Cullen Jenkins Once Free Agency Starts?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13:   Cullen Jenkins #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles pressures  Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Doug RushSenior Analyst IMarch 2, 2013

Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins came to New Jersey on Friday for a visit.

The 32-year-old veteran had a meeting with the New York Giants and left, but did not leave with a deal in place, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

 

As others have reported, DT Cullen Jenkins' visit is w/Giants is over. He won't sign today, will visit other teams next week. #nyg

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) March 1, 2013

 

As Vrentas said on Twitter, Jenkins will visit other teams before March 12, which is the first official day that NFL teams can sign free agents.

The Philadelphia Eagles had originally signed Jenkins back in July of 2011 to a five-year, $30 million deal, luring him from the Green Bay Packers.

In his two seasons with the team, Jenkins had 66 total tackles with 9.5 sacks, but with Chip Kelly taking over in Philadelphia, the team has been clearing house of high-priced contracts over the last couple of months.

So now that the Giants and Jenkins have met, will they be able to come to terms on a potential deal?

The team still has other needs to take care of first, such as figuring out how to lock up both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, plus trying to determine if they bring back tight end Martellus Bennett.

Given though that the team no longer has Chris Canty, who was released back in February, Marvin Austin is still unproven and Markus Kuhn was put on IR during his rookie season in 2012.

That just leaves Linval Joseph and the recently re-signed Shaun Rogers, who missed all of 2012 with a blood clot in his leg. So the team's interest in Jenkins is probably very genuine, but you have to wonder how serious it is considering he left without a contract for 2013.

The Giants could always look to draft a defensive tackle like Sheldon Richardson out of Missouri, but it's no guarantee that he will be waiting for them in April when it's their turn to pick at No. 19 in the first round.

Adding Jenkins would not just add another solid body in the middle of the Giants defensive line, but it would also be adding another pass-rusher who can get to the quarterback as well.

And Jenkins could also take some of the pressure off Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka on the line, plus make things a whole lot easier for whoever plays the middle linebacker spot for the Giants in 2013.

However, you have to wonder what kind of deal Jenkins is looking for, especially at 32 years old. I don't think he'll get anywhere near the deal he did when he signed with the Eagles two years ago.

And if he is looking for something similar to that, the Giants will definitely pass on him.

But if the price is a reasonable one and Jenkins wants to play for a playoff contender and not have to move very far either, then the Giants would be a great fit for him.

I'm really interested to see how his meetings go with the other teams this week and what Jenkins will decide come March 12.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.

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