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Eagles Need to Pony up and Pay Malcolm Jenkins to Avoid Unnecessary Offseason Drama

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 06:  Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates their 16 to 15 win over the Chicago Bears in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Soldier Field on January 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Stacy Revere

After the Philadelphia Eagles failed to be the top team in the NFC East as the defending world champions, the organization seemed to be heading back in the wrong direction.

Now, one of Philly's best defensive players in Malcolm Jenkins is demanding to see a substantial pay raise. The Eagles just can't catch a break.

The three-time Pro Bowler has already missed the team's voluntary offseason workouts for the first time in his NFL career, and now he will miss Philly's mandatory minicamp too, showing he's serious about getting paid what he thinks he deserves.

The Eagles have $26 million in cap space, so this move can easily be made to avoid further drama and distraction in an offseason where the Eagles are preparing to get back to the Super Bowl with their star-studded roster.

Jenkins recorded 79 tackles, 8 pass deflections, 1 sack, and 1 interception during his 2018 campaign. The safety has two years remaining on his deal, worth $8.1 million and $7.6 million, respectively.

The veteran safety has been the anchor for this secondary for years and was instrumental in the team's Super Bowl run. Giving him a raise for the next two years would do nothing but help the Eagles, especially since Carson Wentz's big extension doesn't kick in until 2021.