Saints Safety Malcolm Jenkins Announces Retirement After 13 Seasons in NFL

Malcolm Jenkins with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017
Malcolm Jenkins with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9168852fy)

Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins won’t be part of the revamped New Orleans Saints in 2022. Instead, Jenkins decided to retire from NFL, stepping away from football after 13 years in the pros.

Jenkins ended his football career despite having two more years left on his four-year, $32 million contract. He broke the news while appearing on The Pivot podcast on Wednesday.

“I played the game at the highest level for 13 seasons,” Jenkins said. “And I have accomplished Super Bowls, Pro Bowl, all that there is to do in this game. And when I came in, I always wanted to make an impact on the game on and off the field. And I just feel like at this point I’ve accomplished that.”

The Saints drafted Malcolm Jenkins with the first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Ohio State product initially spent five years in New Orleans, helping the franchise win its first Super Bowl and earning one Second-Team All-Pro nod. After his rookie contract expired, Jenkins signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles.

In Philly, Jenkins had an even more successful stint. He made three Pro Bowls while winning another Super Bowl. His spell with the Eagles ended in 2020 when he became a free agent and decided to return to New Orleans.

Jenkins is expected to remain busy despite retiring from football. He is currently involved in a number of projects, including his production company Listen Up Media and serving as a political analyst for CNN. The 34-year-old player also has plans for a scripted comedy series based on his life.