When the Giants cut defensive tackle Chris Canty earlier this month as they scrambled to get under the salary cap they left a big hole in the middle of their defensive line. Perhaps by Friday, that hole will be filled.
Former Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, who was cut during a purge by the Eagles earlier this month, will visit with the Giants on Friday, an NFL source confirmed. The 32-year-old Jenkins, who has played nine NFL seasons in Green Bay and Philadelphia, is a free-agent and can be signed immediately.
The Giants are believed to be about $2.5 million under the projected NFL salary cap which has not officially been set yet. It's not clear what kind of deal Jenkins is looking for, but he was scheduled to make $5.5 million in 2013, in what would've been the third year of a five-year, $25 million deal he signed in 2011.
Teams do not have to be under the salary cap until March 12 when the free-agent market opens, so the Giants certainly could sign him if they want.
Jenkins started all 32 games in his two years with the Eagles and recorded 9 ½ sacks. He would be a welcomed veteran presence on a group that at the moment is led by 24-year-old Linval Joseph. Behind him, there are only question marks. Marvin Austin is an unproven commodity, having battled injuries and played in only eight games since the Giants made him a second-round pick in 2011, and veteran Rocky Bernard is a 33-year-old free agent with an uncertain future.
The Giants did sign veteran Shaun Rogers earlier this month, but the 33-year-old missed all of last season with a blood clot in his leg.
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Cullen Jenkins, recently cut by the Eagles, will visit with NY Giants Friday
New York Daily News | Mar 1