NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the four-year extension is worth $35 million with $21 million in guarantees, per a source informed of the contract. In total, the new deal is worth $40.5 million and it will keep him under contract through the 2020 season.
"I expressed to (my agent) I want to be here for a long time," said Jenkins, during a news conference Monday. "They took it from there. I think the Eagles did a good job of obviously expressing that I definitely in the plans."
Jenkins was poised to enter the final season of a three-year, $15.5 million contract he had outplayed the last two years in Philadelphia after beginning his career in New Orleans.
"Believe me, I'm waiting. I'm trying to get in line just like everybody else," Jenkins said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. "That's something I can't control. But I'm definitely interested in staying. I want to be in Philly long term."
Jenkins is the fourth nucleus player to land a new contract since Howie Roseman, Eagles executive vice president of football operations, resumed de facto general manager duties in January. Tight end Zach Ertz, right tackle Lane Johnson and defensive end Vinny Curry have also been awarded new deals in the past month. Star defensive lineman Fletcher Cox is next on the docket.
Jenkins, 28, led the team in tackles each of the past two years and forced more turnovers than any Eagles defender in 2015.
Provided he stays healthy and productive, he will spend the next half-decade quarterbacking new coordinator Jim Schwartz's secondary. For his part, Jenkins seems upbeat about the direction of the team's defense.
"I think we have the players in the building already to really be a dominant defense," Jenkins said. "For the most part, I think we have what we need and I think when you add a coach like Jim Schwartz and his defense ... I think that will take us to the next level."