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08:04 AM ET 05.06 | Cullen Jenkins doesn't think he'll get the chance to defend his Super Bowl title with the Packers. Jenkins, who turned 30 in January, has missed parts of two of the past three seasons because of injuries -- last year, he broke his hand during the opener at Philadelphia and missed five more games with a calf strain -- and now that his four-year, $16 million contract has expired, Green Bay is expected to turn the job over to 2010 second-round draft pick Mike Neal, who missed all but two games as a rookie because of a torn rotator cuff. "Mike has the ability to take over the game," Jenkins said. ... Perhaps Jenkins' time with the Packers isn't finished. "The possibility is there, I guess," he said.

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May 6, 2011  08:06 AM ET

Time to move on Cullen.

May 6, 2011  08:07 AM ET

At least Jenkins is being realistic about it instead of pitching a fit and calling out the team.

May 6, 2011  08:08 AM ET

Mike looked really good in the two games he played. I just hope he doesn't pull a Harrell in keep getting injured.

May 6, 2011  08:08 AM ET

You got a ring, be happy, a lot of players don't even have that!

May 6, 2011  08:17 AM ET

So the Packers choices are a guy who was hurt most of last year and a guy who was hurt most of last year?

May 6, 2011  08:19 AM ET

An older player with a 4 Million $ / year contract who is often hurt may not be re-signed by a NFL team..... shocking

May 6, 2011  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So the Packers choices are a guy who was hurt most of last year and a guy who was hurt most of last year?

Keep them both and you still don't have one fulltime starter.

May 6, 2011  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

At least Jenkins is being realistic about it instead of pitching a fit and calling out the team.

It hasn't sunk in yet. Give him some time.

May 6, 2011  08:21 AM ET

He needs to quit while he's behind. Retire man... there's nothing left to prove.

May 6, 2011  08:45 AM ET

He cannot talk to the Packers GM Ted Thompson or Coach Mike McCarthy, ...so he has NO CLUE if the Packer want him or not

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May 6, 2011  10:46 AM ET

Here you go Cullen;

May 6, 2011  11:12 AM ET

"the possiblity is there"....really....candid? not a good headline but then again we're used to it in here aren't we?

May 6, 2011  11:53 AM ET

I just sent a check for my season tickets. We are not even sure there willl be football this year, but that money is sitting in an account earning interest. Use some of that interest revenue to pay the guy. Usually Ted takes care of his own. I hope Jenkins returns to the Packers.

May 6, 2011  03:48 PM ET

Hate to see a player step down.

May 6, 2011  04:05 PM ET

He was good for the Packers and for the town of Green Bay. Hopefully his Superbowl ring will soften his transition from the NFL to the outside world. Thanks Cullen!

May 6, 2011  04:06 PM ET

He was good for Green Bay and for the Packers. I think the Super Bowl ring should help him adjust to life out of football.

May 6, 2011  04:20 PM ET

I guess so. But just the same, sorry to see a great NFL player retire any day... Makes me feel older, too. Love the NFL.

 
May 9, 2011  06:44 PM ET

He's not retiring, he's just moving on. Probably get a couple of million or more from some team looking for a solid d-lineman. Could be in the league for another 3, 4, or 5 seasons.

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