Sean Payton regrets letting Malcolm Jenkins leave the Saints.
Jenkins, now a member of the Eagles, was a big part of New Orleans’ Super Bowl run in 2010. Payton is still asking himself what happened.
“He was probably one of the most important parts to our Super Bowl run,” Payton said, via NJ.com. “And that was only his rookie season. He’s one of my guys, and I mean that. Probably one of the bigger mistakes that we’ve made, and you have to ask yourself ‘how did that happen?’ Letting him out of the building certainly wasn’t a smart decision.”
The Saints selected Jenkins with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2009 draft. The Ohio State product played safety for New Orleans for five seasons before joining Philadelphia in 2014.
Jenkins is a two-time Pro Bowl player and added a second Super Bowl with Philadelphia last season. His Eagles will face the Saints in the NFC divisional round Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET in New Orleans.