Not a few hours after it was reported former Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins would be visiting the Raiders, he has been officially signed to a deal.
Monday the Raiders are doing work this Monday, first officially adding quarterback EJ Manuel, then re-signing long snapper Jon Condo and now signing Jenkins.
The 6-0, 240-pound linebacker has spent his entire four year NFL career in Miami as the team’s 4th round pick in 2013 out of Florida.
Here is what Kevin Nogle of SB Nation Dolphins blog The Phinsider had to say about Jenkins:
Jenkins has been a player who is fine on your roster, but might leave you looking for something a little more. Primarily playing on the weakside, Jenkins looked really good in 2014, his first season as a starter, and he tallied 110 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He looked like he was going to be a great option for the Dolphins moving forward.
He took a step back in 2015, only reaching 71 tackles, one forced fumble, and one recovery, only playing in 13 games due to an ankle injury.
Last season, the hope was a return to the 2014 form, but he never stood a chance. A groin injury slowed him at the start of the season, then, as he finally reached 100 percent for that, he broke his hand. It was a rough seasons for the fourth-year linebacker, and he was limited to nine games played, with seven starts, totaling just 29 tackles (plus a start and two tackles in the Playoff game).
Again, he is probably going to be a solid weakside linebacker for whomever signs him, but do not be surprised if there is talk about wanting to upgrade over him as well.
Jenkins is expected to compete to fill the void left with the departure of Malcolm Smith who signed with the 49ers as a free agent.