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NFL Free Agency: Kris Jenkins Retires, Possible Redskins' Target Off Market

Kris Jenkins, a reported target of the Washington Redskins during NFL free agency, has retired, issuing a statement announcing the news. Jenkins was a nose tackle for the New York Jets, and was mentioned in a report by Jason La Canfora identifying free agents the Redskins would pursue.

Jenkins' statement is as follows:

"Wanted to let you all know that I have loved the support and respect that you all have given me throughout my career. But it is time for the torch to be passed to the younger players. I am going to hang up the cleats! The mind is always willing to play but my body deserves the rest. Thank you for the opportunites to play Carolina and New York."    

Jenkins would have probably been a short-term answer at nose tackle, a position the team desperately needs filled to improve their 3-4 defense. With Jenkins gone, the Redskins will probably turn to brother Cullen Jenkins of the Packers and Aubrayo Franklin of the San Francisco 49ers.

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