“He was probably one of the most important parts to our Super Bowl run,” Saints coach Sean Payton said of  Malcolm Jenkins. “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.”

By Annie Ross

Sean Payton regrets allowing Malcolm Jenkins to leave the New Orleans Saints for the Eagles four years ago.

Jenkins – now a member of NFL champions the Eagles – was a big part of New Orleans’ Super Bowl run in 2010.

The Saints selected Jenkins with the 14th pick in the 2009 draft and the safety played five seasons for New Orleans before coming to Philly as a free agent in 2014.

Ahead of Sunday’s showdown between the Saints and Eagles, New Orleans head coach Payton is still asking himself what happened.

Jenkins is a two-time Pro Bowl player and added a second Super Bowl with Philly last season. His Eagles will face the Saints in the NFC divisional round in New Orleans this weekend.