JenkinsI really don’t think that’s going to happen because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers are the only two teams who fit what Jenkins said is his main criteria right now -- playing for a team that plays home games in a stadium with natural grass. Fact is Jenkins spent much of his career in Carolina and, at one point, said he wasn't exactly enamored with life in Charlotte. I don’t think that’s changed.
Besides, the Panthers are building with youth, and a 31-year-old coming off another major injury probably doesn’t fit the profile. It’s kind of the same story in Tampa Bay, where the Bucs have used early draft picks on defensive tackles Gerald McCoy, Brian Price and Roy Miller.
But here’s what I -- very easily -- can see happening. I can see Jenkins landing with the Washington Redskins.
Think about it? Makes tons of sense from both sides. If you know anything about Jenkins -- and I got to know him pretty well from covering the entire portion of his Carolina career -- you know that he absolutely loves the Washington, D.C. area. He used to spend his offseasons there and went to college at the University of Maryland. Jenkins is coming back from a major injury and all indications are his recovery is going well. He’s working out and, when Jenkins is healthy, happy and in shape, he still can be a dominant force in the middle of a defensive line.
The Redskins, who play in a stadium with natural grass, can’t do anything during the lockout. But it’s no secret coach Mike Shanahan and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth aren’t the best of friends. There has been tons of speculation that the Redskins will part ways with Haynesworth as soon as the lockout is over. Owner Daniel Snyder never has been shy about pursuing veteran players in free agency.
Pop Jenkins, a guy who wants to be in Washington, into Haynesworth’s place, and the Redskins might be able to solve a big problem.