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Jenkins takes it one year at a time

Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins is all smiles

Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins is all smiles when he sees his family in the stands during training camp in Cortland, N.Y. (Aug. 7, 2010) Credit: Pat Orr

Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, who seriously contemplated retirement in the off-season, now says he’ll revisit his situation after each season. At age 31 and coming off knee surgery, he said it’s pointless to think long-term any more.

“I have a love that trumps football, and that’s my wife and kid,” he said. “A huge part of this football thing is leaving with my body intact. So I’m going to take this a year at a time.”

Best case scenario: He plays until he’s 35.

“If I can have a 15-year career,” he said, “that would be perfect. But I’m not going a year over 15. As a defensive lineman, that’s just too much of a pounding to take.”

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