NY Jets: What did Jordan Jenkins’ free agency really look like?

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NY Jets’ outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins’ market never developed the way he hoped in the offseason.

Jordan Jenkins‘ agreement was highly regarded as a “steal” for NY Jets general manager Joe Douglas.

With Jenkins recording a career-high in sacks with a total of eight in 2019, many thought the linebacker’s deal would eclipse $10 million per year as his production has only been increasing since entering the league as a third-round draft pick back in 2016.

Although he may not be a perennial Pro Bowler, Jenkins substitutes the league headlines for his outstanding leadership and character on and off the field.

Fellow teammates have praised Jenkins for his improving play and rising standards as he’s moved forward in his career. Each and every fan should be excited to see what Jordan brings to the table in 2020.

While the Jets had other priorities during the beginning phases of free agency (i.e. Robby Anderson, Brian Poole), the team didn’t seem too anxious to rush Jenkins back into the building.

The NY Jets almost lost Jordan Jenkins to their crosstown rivals in the offseason.

Rumors were reportedly swirling that the NY Giants had inquired about Jordan Jenkins early on in the free-agent process.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post had the following to say about Jenkins’ status with the Jets in the early stages of free agency.

“It looks as if Jordan Jenkins will not be returning to the Jets, but he could be staying local, as the Giants reached out on Monday to express interest in the 25-year-old outside linebacker.”

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This came as a shock to the loyal fans who follow the Jets closely, as Jenkins clearly stated that he wanted to be back in the Green & White in an interview post-Week 17 versus Buffalo.

In the end, a big reason for Jenkins’ return fell on the shoulders of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who surely had a say in Jenkins’ homecoming.

As the team wrapped up their season, the Jets had a rather large number of players that were set to hit free agency when 4:00 PM EST struck on March 18th.

Jenkins, for one, is a fan favorite. Everyone should be rather ecstatic that he is back wearing green for what is coming up on half-a-decade.

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Though many won’t ever know what sort of discussions Jenkins was involved in with Big Blue, he’s back in Florham Park for the foreseeable future, and that’s all that counts.