The Eagles didn't waste any time Tuesday.
Just 45 minutes after free agency officially began at 4 p.m., they signed former New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins to a three-year contract reportedly worth $16.5 million, including $8.5 million guaranteed.
In addition the Eagles re-signed punter Donnie Jones to a three-year contract and released safety Patrick Chung.
Jenkins, 6-foot and 204 pounds, spent the past five seasons with the Saints. He was originally drafted in 2009 to play cornerback, but switched to safety the following season. While with the Saints, the 26-year-old registered 290 tackles, two sacks, 32 pass defenses, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recovers while serving as the Saints' defensive captain.
The Eagles are very thin at safety. Nate Allen, Colt Anderson and Kurt Coleman all became unrestricted free agents Tuesday, leaving second-year veteran Earl Wolff as the only returning safety on the roster.
The Eagles also made a strong move by re-signing Jones, who enjoyed an outstanding season with the Eagles in 2013. Jones set franchise single-season records for net punting average (40.4 yards) and punts inside the 20-yard line (33). He also became just the fourth punter in league history to win NFC Special Teams Player of the Week awards in back-to-back games when he earned honors against Washington and Arizona.
Chung, a former starter with New England, did not make any impact with the Eagles while battling a shoulder injury for most of the year. The 26-year-old appeared in 12 games last season, collecting 56 tackles and seven passes defensed.