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2011 NFL Free Agents: Is Cullen Jenkins The Answer At Nose Tackle For Redskins?

One way or another, the Albert Haynesworth fiasco will likely end before the Washington Redskins open their 2011 NFL season on September 11. While most will view this news with a sigh of relief, the fact remains that his departure leaves the Redskins in desperate need of talent on their defensive line. Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins was a force up front for the Green Bay Packers' defense last year and proved key to their championship run. He is one of the top 2011 NFL free agents on the market. Could he bring the same level of performance to D.C.?

Pros: Jenkins is a proven veteran with playoff experience and tremendous talent. His presence up front would improve both the Skins' pass rush and run-defense, and his presence in the locker room would surely be beneficial to youngsters like Ryan Kerrigan. He's a versatile player who can be effective in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 scheme. 

Cons: At 30 years old, Jenkins is likely on the downside of his career. Although last year he showed that he's still an effective player, his health is a question mark at this point. After missing just two games in the first four years of his career, the lineman has missed 17 in the last three. 

Verdict: Jenkins would be a great player to have, but not at a pricey, long-term deal. Unfortunately, it looks like that's what it would take to sign him, and all signs indicate the Redskins are willing to do just that. Anything more than a two-year deal with Jenkins could end up being disastrous.

For more on NFL free agency, visit our StoryStream listing key 2011 NFL free agents the Redskins could target. Also, be sure to check out SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven.