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Cullen Jenkins, N.Y. Giants strike three-year contract

Cullen Jenkins is joining the New York Giants.

NFL.com's Kimberly Jones broke the news on Sunday that Jenkins had signed a three-year, $8 million contract with the Giants. Jenkins is guaranteed $3 million in the deal.

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The Giants were just one of several teams interested in Jenkins, who was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles last month for salary cap reasons. After meeting with the Giants last week, Jenkins flew to the West Coast for meetings with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.

Jenkins is set to step into a starting role alongside Linval Joseph on the interior of the Giants' defensive line. Jenkins replaces Chris Canty, who was cut by the Giants last month.

A nine-year veteran, Jenkins comes to the Meadowlands after spending two seasons with the Eagles as part of their doomed "Dream Team" experiment. Prior to that, Jenkins spent seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers. According to Mike Sando of ESPN, Jenkins played about two-thirds of the available defensive snaps since 2008. He finished last season with 26 tackles, 30 quarteback pressures and four sacks in 16 games.

This is a nice signing by the Giants, who gain depth and experience along a defensive line well-built to get to the quarterback. Given the interest Jenkins garnered on the open market, the Giants must be pleased they got this done at a manageable price.

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