I only can do my job.. retard https://t.co/hYDVcbk9sd— JackRabbit2.0 (@JjenkzLockdown) December 11, 2019
After picking up on the backlash hours later, Jenkins responded on Twitter to offer an apology:
My apology for the word I used earlier, really didn’t mean no “HARM”. #RabbitLoveEverybody— JackRabbit2.0 (@JjenkzLockdown) December 11, 2019
During media availability the next day after meeting with Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur (who was formerly the St. Louis Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010), Jenkins handled questions very poorly wrapping up the media period by not even answering if he would continue to use the word even if he recognized its offensiveness and ascribing his usage of it to being “a hood thing”:
Upon his release today, Shurmur added, “This was an organizational decision. From ownership to management to our football operations, we felt it was in the best interests of the franchise and the player. Obviously, what happened this week, and the refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language, was the determining factor.”
Best news ever.. Thank you— JackRabbit2.0 (@JjenkzLockdown) December 13, 2019
A strange saga indeed.
Since he goes to waivers instead of being released outright as NFL Media’ Tom Pelissero pointed out this morning, any team that selects him off of waivers would inherit his contract and be on the hook for the prorated amount of his salary remaining:
Any team claiming former #Giants CB Janoris Jenkins would be responsible for the prorated portion of his $10.15 million salary for 2019. He’s due $11.25M in the last year of his deal in 2020, including a $1M roster bonus in March, none of it guaranteed.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 13, 2019
And so teams in the playoff hunt will have to decide today if they’ll be the ones to claim Janoris Jenkins off of waivers.
There’s a good resume to offer. Jenkins played well overall in New York though he’s had to deal with some poor defensive fronts that asked a lot of the secondary. Still, his 2019 season has included several strong performances:
Ironically, Jack Rabbit is having a great year. Only allowing a 65.3 rating when targeted. 53.8% completion percentage (really good). 4 interceptions. He is what he is at this point (not down to tackle), but someone will get a CB who's been quality all year.— Sosa K (@QBsMVP) December 13, 2019
So should the Rams be interested? Personally, I’d advocate not doing so. The combination of Jalen Ramsey and Troy Hill on the outside is more than adequate given the surrounding talents for the playoff push, and long-term the Rams have David Long, Jr., to continue to develop. Jenkins is certainly, on talent, an attractive component to have down the stretch this year and in 2020, but the Rams aren’t desperate enough to warrant bringing him aboard. I’d be surprised though if there isn’t a playoff team with a shaky CB depth chart that could use him and brings him on to ride out 2019.
But as it stands, the NFL is no longer strip club ready.