The veteran safety has signed a four-year, $32M contract with $16.25M guaranteed and a max of $35M with the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the deal.
The 32-year-old safety spent his first five seasons in New Orleans after being selected in the first round in 2009. He then headed to Philly in free agency in 2014, where he spent the past six seasons.
"He was probably one of the most important parts to our Super Bowl run," Payton said in January 2019. "And that was only his rookie season. He's one of my guys, and I mean that. Probably one of the bigger mistakes that we've made, and you have to ask yourself, 'How did that happen?' Letting him out of the building certainly wasn't a smart decision."
Now Payton has a chance to right that wrong.
While he's not as fleet of foot as his first stint in New Orleans and can take some bad angles, Jenkins remains a solid defender on the back end, stepping up against the run, and can time a blitz. He compiled 81 tackles and 2.5 sacks with eight passes defended in Philly last year. Pro Football Focus gave Jenkins a 70-plus point grade each of the last six seasons. Also a durable defender, Jenkins didn't miss a start in six seasons with the Eagles.