Just one day after we learned that the New Orleans Saints signed Andy Dalton to a one-year contract to back up Jameis Winston, we have learned that the Saints just lost a key part of their defense.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins has announced that he is retiring from professional football.  Jenkins went to Ohio State and played for the buckeyes earning all American honors. In 2009, Malcolm Jenkins was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 14th overall pick.

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He played on that magical team in 2009 when the Saints won the Super Bowl that season. Jenkins went on to spend four years with the Saints but in 2014, Jenkins became a free agent and was not offered a contract by the Saints.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins that year to a  three-year, $16.25 million contract. In 2017, he was part of the Eagles team that went on to win the Super Bowl that year making Jenkins a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Tom Benson & Roger Goodell (Getty Images)
Tom Benson & Roger Goodell (Getty Images)

Jenkins played 5 seasons with the Eagles until 2019 declined to pick up Jenkins' contract option for the 2020 season, making him a free agent again. That is when he returned back to New Orleans as the Saints gave him a new four-year, $32 million contract.

Jenkins is a two-time Super Bowl champion and was selected to the Pro Bowl three times in his career. He leaves the game with 21 interceptions to his credit along with 20 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries, and 1044 tackles in his thirteen-year NFL career.

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