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Of Course Cullen Jenkins Wants to Return to Packers

Cullen Jenkins

Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins is open to returning to the Green Bay Packers, according to his agent. And of course he is.

Jenkins has visited four teams since getting released by the Philadelphia Eagles, but hasn’t received a contract offer. So what is his agent going to say? “No. Cullen wouldn’t return to the Packers. They’re a bunch of dicks for letting him leave in the first place.”

Doubtful. The guy wants a contract — probably with anyone who will have him — and this next one will likely be the last contract the 32-year-old gets. So, we get the geniuses at the Press-Gazette stating the obvious for us.

“He wants to go where he’s going to get an opportunity to play and be a part of a team that has a chance to compete for the Super Bowl,” said Brian Levy, Jenkins’ agent. “I think Green Bay provides him with both those opportunities. Plus he’s been there — I don’t think he wanted to leave in the first place.”

The problem for Jenkins is the Packers haven’t shown any interest.

They’ve had defensive end Chris Canty — another cap casualty — in for a visit this week. They’ve also been linked to San Francisco’s Ricky Jean Francois, who’s about to be a free agent.

There’s been no mention of Jenkins.

That leads us to believe Levy called up Pete Dougherty and asked him for a favor.

“Hey, write this story for me so maybe the Packers will consider signing my client.”

Anyway, let’s consider if Jenkins could actually help the Packers. That answer is a resounding probably.

He was effective as an inside rusher when he played for the Packers, at least when he was healthy. Then he went to Philly and recorded 9.5 sacks in two seasons. He also started all 16 games both years.

Oh, a former “injury-prone” guy leaves the Packers for another team and suddenly becomes the picture of health? You’re kidding me! I wonder why that could be?

The Packers clearly need help on the defensive line. That unit was a weakness again in 2012 and they’ll be a man down when the 2013 season starts — Jerel Worthy is expected to miss part of the season with a knee injury.

Jenkins may indeed become an option down the road. Our guess is the Packers would prefer to sign the younger Canty or Francois, though.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Vijay March 8, 2013

    That’s my guess too. If they can’t work something out with Canty, RJF then and only then does Cullen become a more real option for us. He’s still productive for his age and this position, DL, in particular seems to have more career longevity to it than other “need” areas such as RB, where the collisions come more often and shorten careers.

    I still agree that something must be done about our training staff. We either have drafted “softer” guys or they are not doing a good enough job stretching these guys out for game day or even padded practices for that matter. I’m telling you YOGA is the answer! Meditate on that…

  2. mxz600 March 8, 2013

    Cullen Jenkins was a great Green Bay Packer, it’s no secret our defensive line hasn’t been the same since he left. if i remember right, the last year he was here, our defense was ranked 5th…The next season, 32nd…Would you rather have Jenkins at the veteran minimum or pay fat lard ass Ryan ( i landed on my ass again) Pickett for 6 million? I’d welcome Jenkins back with open arms. And his agent is right, he never wanted to leave Green Bay. as a matter of fact he offered a hometown discount back then. Bring the man back, he’s a player.

  3. FITZCORE1252 March 8, 2013

    If we can get him on the cheap… Bring his ass back. As a rotational guy, I think he would be great at his age. He’s a proven commodity.

    GBP 4 LIFE

  4. Iltarion March 8, 2013

    Packer fans always want ex-Packers to come back to the team.

    I think we had to hear about the prospect of Gilbert Brown coming back up to 10 years after he retired.

    Yeah, Jenkins brings a little attitude that the Packers could use. I would be glad to see him back for less than $3 million a season, but let’s not turn the guy into something he isn’t. Cullen’s best talent is getting to the passer, and the Packers were 4th in sacks last season. Not exactly what they need.

    Personally, I think RJF is more of what the Packers need.

  5. Savage57 March 9, 2013

    CJ is out to prove the statement that you can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice.