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Defensive lineman Jenkins extended by Packers

MILWAUKEE -- Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins has signed a
four-year, $16 million contract extension with the Green Bay
Packers.

The deal will pay Jenkins about $6 million in signing bonus,
agent Cary Fabrikant said in a telephone interview with The
Associated Press.

Jenkins has played defensive tackle and defensive end for the
Packers, and said he doesn't know where he'll fit in the defensive
line rotation this season. For now, he's just happy he doesn't have
to worry about an uncertain future.

"Hopefully next year, whatever the role is, I'll be a little
more comfortable with it," Jenkins said in a conference call with
reporters Monday night.

The deal, which Fabrikant said was agreed to in principle on
Friday, was reported on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Web site
earlier Monday.

"We are pleased to have reached a long-term agreement with
defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins prior to the start of free
agency," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

Fabrikant said Jenkins, who was slated to become a restricted
free agent later this week, wanted to stay in Green Bay because of
the city's family atmosphere.

"He fits in well there, being from Michigan and a low-key
guy," Fabrikant said.

Fabrikant said Jenkins also appreciated that the Packers gave
him a second chance.

Jenkins, the younger brother of Carolina Panthers star Kris
Jenkins, was undrafted coming out of Central Michigan. He signed
with the Packers in 2003, but was cut before the beginning of the
season. He played in NFL Europe, then returned to the Packers and
had 4½ sacks in the 2004 season and three sacks in 12 starts in
2005.

"[Green Bay] gave me a chance, it gave me an opportunity to
play, and that was big for me," Jenkins said.

Jenkins had a breakout year for the Packers in 2006 with a
career-high six sacks. He started the final three games of the
season at defensive end and had a three-sack performance against
Detroit on Dec. 17.

Jenkins said the move from tackle to end probably played a role
in getting his new deal.

"I think that helped to show my versatility, going out and
playing at defensive end and playing pretty well," Jenkins said.

Fabrikant said Jenkins was looking forward to staying in Green
Bay.

"What's not to like?" Fabrikant said. "He's a family man.
He's got two young girls, and he's married."