Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins announces retirement

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Jenkins was a third-round pick by the Saints in 2009, signed with the Hawks after his rookie contract ended (2014), and eventually returned to New Orleans for the 2020 season. He won a Super Bowl with both teams (2009 Saints, 2017 Eagles) and was named to the Pro Bowl in the 2015, 2017, and 2018 seasons.

“I’ve played at the highest level for thirteen years,” Jenkins said. “I’ve won the Super Bowl, made the Pro Bowl, and everything else. When I join the team, I always think about making an impact on and off the court. , and I think I achieved that.”

Jenkins had 21 interceptions, 20 forced fumbles, and 8 touchdowns in his career. He played in 199 regular-season games, starting 191 of them.

Jenkins is the second of the Saints’ three starting safety guards to leave the team after Marcus Williams’ contract expired and he signed with the Ravens. To fill the void left by Williams, the Saints signed Marcus Maye. Slot safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson will stay.