Jenkins On Move; Harrell, Poppinga Headed Out

DE Cullen Jenkins (Joe Robbins/Getty)

With the door closed in Washington, Cullen Jenkins might wind up in Dallas. He had more sacks (seven) last season than all of the Cowboys' defensive ends combined. Also, Green Bay will release outside linebacker Brady Poppinga and defensive end Justin Harrell.

Update: The Redskins apparently addressed their defensive end position by signing Stephen Bowen for a reported five years and $27.5 million. Bowen played for Dallas last season, which puts the Cowboys in the mix for Cullen Jenkins. Like we wrote about the Redskins' defensive ends, Jenkins also had more sacks than Dallas' starting ends.

We will update this story as possible.

Update 2: Meanwhile, the Packers have continued to clear cap space with their decision to release Brady Poppinga, a source told Packer Report on Thursday afternoon.

Poppinga, who will turn 32 in September, had two years remaining on his contract, with cap charges of $2.5 million this season and $2.75 million in 2012. With no signing bonus being prorated over those years, the Packers will clear exactly that much off of their caps.


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Poppinga started one game last season and finished with one sack and 17 tackles in a season short-circuited after six games by knee surgery. He also started three games in 2009 after being a fixture in the starting lineup in 2006 through 2008. The Packers are comfortable with several younger players, including Frank Zombo, Erik Walden and Brad Jones.

Update 3: ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde is reporting that the Packers will sever ties with infamous 2007 first-round pick Justin Harrell.

Packer Report did not receive immediate confirmation of the report but there's no reason to doubt its validity. In four seasons, Harrell has played in 14 of a possible 64 regular-season games. He started just twice, with no sacks, forced fumbles or fumble recoveries.

After missing most of 2008 after back surgery and all of 2009 because of the back, he impressed during training camp last summer, only to tear his ACL in the opener against Philadelphia.

Harrell's cap number was $2,417,500 for the season. Because of signing-bonus prorations, Harrell will save $695,000 against this year's cap.

Players can't be released until Friday.


Even after his Redskins beat the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 10, Washington coach Mike Shanahan proclaimed the Packers' defensive line as the best in the NFL.

One of the top players from that defensive line, Cullen Jenkins, appears set to join Shanhan in Washington.

Pro Football Talk reported and Packer Report has confirmed that Jenkins appears on the verge of reaching an agreement with the Redskins. Washington needs defensive line help, especially after shipping disgruntled nose tackle Albert Haynesworth to New England.

Jenkins would play defensive end in Washington's 3-4 scheme, just like he did in Green Bay. Jenkins had seven sacks for the Packers last season. That's more than all of the Redskins' defensive ends combined, with Vonnie Holliday leading with way with just 2.5.

Against Washington, Jenkins had no sacks but two quarterback hits.

Contracts can't be signed until Friday, so no deal is a done deal just yet. But in the case of Jenkins, his departure from Green Bay has been a foregone conclusion since the season ended.


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