As soon as the Cowboys traded their first and second round picks to move up and select Morris Claiborne, it became immediately obvious that the they were likely to try to trade Mike Jenkins. Jenkins is in the final year of his rookie contract, and had publicly expressed interest in getting a long term deal done. The Cowboys responded by basically outright saying that a contract extension for Jenkins wasn’t in their plans. A quick breakdown of Jenkins:
- Up and down career. Very down in 2010. One of the worst CB’s in the NFL that season, and became somewhat of a target after basically letting James Jones walk into the end zone without attempting a tackle in a blowout against the Packers. It was the second time he had done something of that nature.
- Rebounded a bit in 2011. Played much better than he had in 2010, and showed a little more toughness by playing through a shoulder injury.
- 27 years old.
- As mentioned already, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2013. Only making $1.052 million in 2012.
- Not a play maker. 5 picks in 2009, 1 in each of his other 3 seasons as a pro. (8 in 4 years). 1 FF for his career, no FR, no sacks.
- Has only missed 6 games in his career, but has a history of being dinged up.
Some team out there might see potential, and take a flier on him. I think a 6 is realistic, and the Cowboys would be thrilled with a 5.