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Free Agent Snapshot: Cullen Jenkins

05.08.11 at 12:34 am ET
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Despite the labor uncertainty, WEEI.com will continue present a list of 10 possible fits for the Patriots in free agency (under the old Collective Bargaining Agreement) this offseason.

Cullen Jenkins
Position: Defensive end/defensive tackle
Age: 30
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 305

Like Matt Roth ‘€” another free-agent possibility for the Patriots who was discussed in this space yesterday ‘€” the little brother of defensive tackle Kris Jenkins is not a particularly overwhelming pass rusher, but is the sort of defender who is a veteran of the 3-4. He has 29 career sacks in seven seasons, including a career-best seven last season.

In addition, after seven years in Green Bay, the Central Michigan product is ready to move on ‘€” he told ESPNMilwaukee.com earlier this month that he would have taken a hometown discount to return to the Packers, but that ship has sailed, saying, ‘€œI know how they handle business, and the thought was if we could get something reasonable worked out, I knew I would take less than what I could’€™ve gotten in free agency. But they never approached me with anything and never got any type of negotiations going. It’€™s just how the business is. They had a lot of younger guys and felt they could move forward in that direction.’€

Why it might not work: He’€™s been slowed by some nagging injuries the last few years ‘€” he missed five games last season with a bad hamstring and broken hand. In addition, he missed 12 games in 2008 with a torn pectoral muscle. (Of course, despite all of that, he had career-best numbers last year, so that might not matter a whole lot in the long run.) He is 30 years old, and going long-term for a player at that age might be something of a dicey situation. And if the old rules apply, Jenkins figures to be one of the pricier pickups in free agency. He had a career-best year this past season with the Super Bowl champs ‘€” his stock will never be higher than it is right now. Probably not an ideal time to invest.

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