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Cullen Jenkins Is Moving On

February 25, 2011

The Super Bowl honeymoon for Cullen Jenkins was short-lived. Less than three weeks after helping his team to their first title in 14 years, Jenkins and the Packers will most likely be parting ways.

The eighth-year pro out of Central Michigan is slated for a significant pay raise this offseason. He will become a free agent whenever a collective bargaining agreement is in place, and according to Jenkins, that pay bump will not come from the Packers.

“I’m 99% sure something won’t happen,” Jenkins told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a phone interview. “Not at this point. You get to a point where you want to go where you feel you’re wanted.

“The way everything came down, it’s just time for a new start.”

Last season, Jenkins and his agent approached the Packers about a contract extension, but Jenkins says he has not “heard anything” from the Packers.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson chose not to work out an extension or use a franchise or transition tag. The tags would have cost the Packers $12 million and $10 million dollars, respectively, and with the salary cap most likely to return next season, the team decided against using either one.

Thompson told reporters at the NFL scouting combine that his team chose not to place any tags on any of the Packers free agents.

“It’s just part of the decision-making process,” said Thompson. “We chose not to use it this time.”

Jenkins sounds as if he will be sporting a new jersey next season, but he did not completely deny the possibility of returning to Wisconsin.

“You know obviously that you never close the door completely,” he said. “But it will be real tough.”

Speculation as to where Jenkins may land will build as the offseason progresses, but based on his seven sacks last season, he should command plenty of interest. Specifically, I can think of a certain purple-clad team about 300 miles west of Green Bay that may be in need of a fresh face on the defensive line. Let the Cullen Jenkins-to-Minnesota rumors begin.

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