Jets NT Kris Jenkins faces an uncertain future in his attempt to come back from a second torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The uncertainty lies not only in the recovery from two torn ligaments just 11 months apart, but also the fact the Jets haven’t committed to his roster spot next season.
Jenkins, 31, is due to earn $3.1 million in base salary in 2011.
“I’m not even going to lie and act like that’s something I don’t think about,” Jenkins told Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger. “When you’re looking at (the team’s) big strategy, I’m just one person. I’m not going to walk into a situation and be so arrogant to be like, ‘Oh, I’m going to be fine because I’m Kris Jenkins.’ I wish.
“I like what I’m doing; I know when I’m healthy, I can play with the best of them. But I did get hurt two years in a row. It’s a decision they have to make.”
Jenkins is a special player in the middle of Rex Ryan’s defense when healthy, with a skill set and size that’s difficult to find. But coming off back-to-back knee surgeries, there will be a lot for the Jets to consider.