WASHINGTON — The Redskins have re-signed defensive end Cullen Jenkins, according to an NFL source.
Jenkins is a 13-year veteran who was signed as an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 29, played in the preseason finale against Tampa Bay on Aug. 31 and was cut on Sept. 3. He actually played well against the Buccaneers with a sack and a tackle for loss, but Washington decided to keep just six linemen.
The other defensive linemen in Monday’s disappointing 38-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers were Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois, Kendall Reyes, Ziggy Hood, Kedric Golston and rookie Anthony Lanier, who wasn’t on the 46-man active roster on Monday.
Jenkins signs at a time — Week 2 — when veteran contracts are no longer guaranteed. That’s when Washington picked up safety/cornerback Will Blackmon last season and he performed well much of last season in a patchwork secondary. But Jenkins’ initial contract with the Redskins didn’t have guaranteed money so that wasn’t a factor in the timing here.
Washington struggled to stop the run on Monday night — a problem that plagued it all of last season when it finished 29th in yards per rushing play. Chris Baker was the lone Redskins defensive lineman to record a quarterback hit on Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger. Hood also pressured Roethlisberger on an eventual forced fumble caused by outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan late in the first quarter.
Otherwise, it was a quiet night for that group. No tackles for loss. DeAngelo Williams averaged 5.5 yards per carry on 26 attempts. That’s simply not good enough.
Jenkins probably isn’t a cure all. But he’s a veteran with long stints in Green Bay and with the New York Giants, and at 6-foot-2, 305 pounds is more of a run stuffer on the defensive line. He’s also 35 and was on the market all summer until the Redskins brought him in.
It is unclear for now who Jenkins will replace on the roster.
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