Elgton Jenkins has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Packers that ensures Green Bay won’t lose one of the NFL’s most versatile offensive linemen to free agency.
The Packers announced the deal on Friday. Although terms were not disclosed, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Jenkins has been given a four-year extension with a base price of $68 million that could rise to $74 million.
“It’s a great day for us and a great day for Ellington,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters before practice on Friday. “Obviously he’s earned it and he does it the right way. It’s always fun as a coach to see him get rewarded not only for his performance but for his performance in the locker room and his leadership.” He is also rewarded for that. I can’t say enough good things about him.”
NFL Network and ESPN were the first outlets to report on the contract extension.
“From the moment he walked into the building, Ellington has been a central element of this franchise, displaying unusual versatility, generosity and toughness,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous leader and teammate, and he’s earned everything he’s accomplished.”
Jenkins, 26, has played his entire professional career with the Packers, who selected him in the second round of the 2019 draft out of Mississippi State University.
A 2020 Pro Bowl selection, Jenkins has started multiple games at every position on the offensive line except right guard.
“I don’t think there’s a position up front that I can’t fill,” Lafleur said.
Jenkins primarily plays left guard, but played at left tackle for eight games last season in place of the injured David Bakhtiari. Jenkins appeared in just eight of those games last season before a torn ACL sidelined him for the season.
Jenkins missed the Packers’ opener this season due to a knee injury, but has since started 12 games. He started at right tackle in his first five games before switching to left guard for the last seven games. He missed the October 30 game against Buffalo with a foot injury.
He has started at left guard 33 times in his career, eight at left tackle, six at right tackle and three at center. His performance on the offensive line helped lead the Packers to three straight NFC North titles from 2019 to 2021.
The Packers (6-8) will be looking for their third straight win Sunday at Miami (8-6). Green Bay will need to win its last three games of the regular season and plenty of help to earn its fourth straight playoff berth.