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Kris Jenkins | Defensive Lineman

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (38) / 8/3/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 360
College: Maryland
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (44) / CAR

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Former Jets and Panthers NT Kris Jenkins has retired from football.
"Time for the torch to be passed to the younger players," said Jenkins in a Facebook statement. "The mind is always willing to play but my body deserves the rest." The Redskins were rumored to be interested in signing Jenkins along with his brother Cullen, so this may throw a bit of a wrench into their free agency plans. Jenkins, who turns 32 in a couple of weeks, spent most of the last two seasons on injured reserve with twin ACL tears. He made four Pro Bowls in his career, including All-Pro berths in 2002 and 2003. Jenkins should be a prime candidate for the Panthers' Ring of Honor when he's eligible. Wed, Jul 20, 2011 01:48:00 PM

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Free agent NT Kris Jenkins is now indicating that he wants to sign with a team that has a grass playing surface to prolong his career.

"[FieldTurf], it ain't my friend," said Jenkins after a second ACL surgery on his left knee. Jenkins had been open to returning to the Jets, but his new stance essentially rules out the entire AFC East. Keep an eye on the Redskins, who not only need a nose tackle but also boast a grass field and love broken down veterans.
Wed, Mar 30, 2011 12:10:00 PM

The Redskins have reportedly shown interest in free agent NT Kris Jenkins.

This hardly a surprise. As a broken down 30-year-old, Jenkins is right up owner Daniel Snyder's alley. The Redskins have been looking for a nose tackle ever since Albert Haynesworth balked at the transition early last offseason. Jenkins has already received feelers from several teams, but he's believed to be hoping for a return to the Jets.
Wed, Mar 2, 2011 12:38:00 PM

The Jets reportedly plan to offer recently released NT Kris Jenkins a one-year deal to return to the team at a reduced salary.

Per New York Metro, Jenkins was originally due a grand total of $6.4 million for 2011. If he finds little interest on the free agent market while recovering from a twice-torn ACL, he can return to the Jets for an incentive-laden deal.
Wed, Mar 2, 2011 10:45:00 AM

Jets released NT Kris Jenkins.

Jenkins turns 32 before the season and has played in seven of a possible 32 regular season games over the last two years, so the Jets couldn't justify paying him roughly $5 million for 2011. Recovering from a twice-torn left ACL, Jenkins is questionable to be ready for the start of training camp. The Jets may consider bringing him back for closer to a minimum salary.
Mon, Feb 28, 2011 11:07:00 PM

The New York Daily News reports that the Jets will release NT Kris Jenkins, RT Damien Woody, DE Vernon Gholston, and OLB Jason Taylor.

None of the moves is surprising. Taylor, Jenkins, and Woody are all nearing the ends of their careers, and the latter two are coming off major surgery. Gholston has been one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history as the former No. 6 overall pick. All told, the four moves will save the Jets $24.33M in salary and bonuses, including Taylor's $10M offseason roster bonus. They will create room for free agent Santonio Holmes to be re-signed.
Mon, Feb 28, 2011 06:15:00 PM

Jets NT Kris Jenkins (ACL surgery) is due a $1 million offseason roster bonus.

He's also due a $3.75 million base salary in 2011. ESPN New York's Rich Cimini believes Jenkins "clearly" will have to take a pay reduction to return. Turning 32 in the summer, Jenkins has missed 25 of the Jets' last 32 games.
Thu, Feb 17, 2011 10:38:00 AM

Jets NT Kris Jenkins (ACL surgery) said his rehab is going better than expected so far.

Jenkins thinks this rehab is going better than his other three major surgeries because he's "paying more attention to details this time." The veteran contemplated retirement after the injury but decided to come back for 2011. It'll be interesting to see if the Jets are willing to pay him his $3.75 million salary for next season.
Wed, Nov 3, 2010 10:54:00 AM

Jets NT Kris Jenkins (ACL surgery) has decided to play again in 2011.

Jenkins deliberated after undergoing his fourth major surgery last week, but he's decided that he wants to "leave his mark on the game." The 31-year-old is scheduled to earn $3.75 million next season, a figure the Jets will be reluctant to pay.
Thu, Oct 7, 2010 07:55:00 PM

In addition to a torn ACL, Jets NT Kris Jenkins also sustained a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Jenkins has reconstructive surgery scheduled for next Wednesday, Sept. 29. This will be the 31-year-old's fourth major surgery, but he's still considering a return for 2011. Jenkins is expected to decide on another comeback or retirement after undergoing the procedure.
Thu, Sep 23, 2010 01:54:00 PM

Jets placed NT Kris Jenkins on injured reserve with a torn left ACL, ending his season.

Jenkins has now torn the same ACL twice in two seasons. Still just 31, he'll likely be asked to restructure his contract, perhaps including incentives to allow Jenkins to earn the money back, before being kept on the 2011 roster. Jenkins is due $3.75 million next year. This is all assuming he doesn't retire, as Jenkins admitted he contemplated after his 2009 tear.
Wed, Sep 15, 2010 06:42:00 PM

The NFL Network's Jason La Canfora is reporting that Jets NT Kris Jenkins is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

The news has been confirmed by coach Rex Ryan. It's a huge blow to the Jets, and a possible career-ender for Jenkins, who considered retirement after last year's torn ACL. Sione Pouha will now move from end to nose and Mike DeVito will became a full-time end opposite Shaun Ellis, though Ryan mentioned the possibility of looking outside the organization for help. Pouha and DeVito are solid in run support but don't possess Jenkins' ability to get to the quarterback.
Tue, Sep 14, 2010 12:46:00 PM

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that Jets doctors are "optimistic" NT Kris Jenkins did not tear his ACL Monday night.

He'll have an MRI Tuesday. Though the injury seemed serious enough to keep Jenkins out multiple weeks, avoiding another ligament tear would be a big plus for the 31-year-old. With Jenkins out Monday, Sione Pouha kicked from end to nose. Mike DeVito became a full-time end opposite Shaun Ellis.
Tue, Sep 14, 2010 12:40:00 AM

The extent of Jets' NT Kris Jenkins' left knee injury is currently unknown, according to coach Rex Ryan.

Ryan was quoted as saying "he has no idea" how long Jenkins would be out. Jenkins injured the knee early in the team's opener against the Ravens and did not return. As always, we'll bring you updates as they come in.
Mon, Sep 13, 2010 11:32:00 PM

Jets NT Kris Jenkins will not return to Monday's season opener after suffering a left knee injury.

The severity of the injury is unknown, but it's worth noting that Jenkins missed a majority of the 2009 season after tearing the ACL in the same knee. Stay tuned for updates.
Mon, Sep 13, 2010 08:08:00 PM

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