Cullen Jenkins

Cullen Jenkins

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Jenkins with the Green Bay Packers in 2006
No. 73Washington Redskins
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-01-20) January 20, 1981
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Belleville (MI)
College: Central Michigan
Undrafted: 2003
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Total tackles: 332
Sacks: 47.5
Forced fumbles: 8
Fumble recoveries: 9
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at

Cullen Darome Jenkins (born January 20, 1981) is an American football defensive end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2003. In his last year as a Packer, he won Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Central Michigan University. He has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.

Early years

Both he and his brother Kris Jenkins played at Belleville High School under Bob LaPointe.

College career

Jenkins played college football for Central Michigan University, where he recorded 40 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 4½ sacks, and two passes defensed during his senior year.

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

After going undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft, Jenkins signed with the Green Bay Packers on May 2, 2003.[1] One year later, after an impressive NFL Europe season and strong training camp, landed a spot on the Packers' roster. From 2004 to November 2006, Jenkins was the backup for Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, and took over the starting role the final month of the 2006 season. As the starter for the last month of games, he recorded a career-high 6½ sacks that year, including his first three-sack game vs. Detroit on December 17, 2006.

On February 26, 2007, Jenkins signed a four-year, $16 million contract extension.[2] Jenkins batted down nine passes in 2007, the most by a Packers defensive lineman since the team began recording the statistic in 1980. He also finished 2007 with 26 total combined tackles and one sack.

In the 2008 season, the Packers decided to start Jenkins rather than Gbaja-Biamila for the second season in a row. He could only play four games though, before he suffered a torn pectoral muscle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 28, 2008. Two days later, he was placed on injured reserve. During his injury-shorted 2008 year, Jenkins had 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a pass defended, and a forced fumble.

In the 2009 season, Jenkins returned as a starting defensive end because the Packers had switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. Jenkins started all 16 games in 2009 with 32 tackles, 4.5 sacks, a pass defended, an interception, and three forced fumbles.

In the 2010 season Jenkins missed five games with a calf injury. He appeared in 11 games (started six) with 18 total combined tackles, seven sacks, and one pass defended. Jenkins was part of a major role of the Packers' 3-4 defense during their postseason run where they eventually won Super Bowl XLV, their first world championship in 14 years.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Jenkins to a five-year, $25 million contract on July 30, 2011.[3] In 2011, he recorded 5.5 sacks, 24 hurries, and seven tackles-for-loss.[4] He agreed to a restructured contract on February 21, 2012,[4] with the new contract running through the 2014 season instead of the 2015 season.[5] On February 25, 2013, the Eagles declined his roster bonus, making him a free agent.[6]

New York Giants

On March 10, 2013, Jenkins was signed to a three-year contract by the New York Giants. He is starting with former Eagles teammate and new Giants teammate Mike Patterson in the 4-3 Defense.[7]

Washington Redskins

On August 29, 2016, Jenkins signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins.[8] After playing one preseason game, he was released on September 3, 2016.[9] He re-signed with the team on September 13.[10]


He is the younger brother of former Carolina Panthers and New York Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins.


  1. "Packers sign 11 undrafted free agents". May 2, 2003. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  2. "Defensive lineman Jenkins extended by Packers", Associated Press, February 26, 2007. Retrieved on 2008-04-20.
  3. Eagles sign Cullen Jenkins
  4. 1 2 Kapadia, Sheil (February 21, 2012). "How Jenkins' return affects the DT picture". Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  5. Rosenthal, Gregg (February 22, 2012). "Cullen Jenkins takes pay cut, will earn $5.8 million". Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  6. Rosenthal, Gregg (2013-02-25). "Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson released by Eagles". National Football League. Retrieved 2013-02-25.
  7. Hanzus, Dan (March 10, 2013). "Cullen Jenkins, N.Y. Giants strike three-year contract". Retrieved 2013-03-11.
  8. Czarda, Stephen (August 29, 2016). "Report: Redskins Sign Veteran Defensive Lineman Cullen Jenkins". Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  9. Orr, Conor (September 3, 2016). "Washington Redskins release veteran Cullen Jenkins". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  10. Keim, John. "Redskins turn to veteran end Cullen Jenkins". ESPN. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
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