The Philadelphia Eagles released defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins on Monday, the team announced.
Jenkins was signed to a five-year, $30 million contract in 2011 and was due a $1 million roster bonus due in March.
Jenkins started every game the past two years for the Eagles and had 9.5 sacks during his time in Philadelphia. Jenkins, 32, was due to make $5.5 million in 2013 and his release saves the Eagles $5.6 million in cap space.
“I had a chance to speak with Cullen today and let him know of our decision,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “It’s one of the most difficult parts of the job. He has been a very productive player in this league for a long time but we felt it in our team’s best interests that we go in a different direction. By releasing him at this point, it gives he and his agent more time to sign on with another team. We wish Cullen and his family all the best as he continues his NFL career.”