Report: Atlanta Falcons Unlikely To Release Michael Jenkins

FLOWERY BRANCH GA - JULY 30: Michael Jenkins #12 of the Atlanta Falcons runs drills during opening day of training camp on July 30 2010 at the Falcons Training Complex in Flowery Branch Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Falcons are going to release players this off-season, and not just undrafted free agents and the dregs of the roster.

If you're Chauncey Davis, for example, your salary might make you a cap casualty as the Falcons look to jettison some guys who are arguably making more than they're worth. One player who appeared to be a loose fit for that designation was Michael Jenkins, who is set to make $3.5 million in 2011.

Let's step on that idea right now. Pro Football Weekly doesn't think it'll happen, citing what I assume are team sources to say he's not on the bubble. For better or for worse, he's a Falcon.

Generally, I think that's better. I've long thought that Jenkins was less than an ideal second receiver, but he has some value as a blocker and is a better receiver than we're willing to give him credit for. A guy like that can provide value for a team like the Falcons, who still aren't exactly stocked top to bottom with elite options. Viewed in that lens and knowing that Jenkins can play outside and in the slot, $3.5 million doesn't seem outrageous, and the Falcons apparently agree.

Of course, Jenkins is no one's idea of a long-term slot guy, so we may be looking at one of his last seasons in Atlanta. The guy has served us long and well, and he deserves one more tour on a team that we all fervently hope will make the Super Bowl.

What do you think Jenkins' role will be in 2011?

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