According to Clarence Hill of Star-Telegram.com, Mike Jenkins will not be showing up for voluntary OTAs this week.
In one offseason, Mike Jenkins went from the Cowboys’ best CB to the 4th guy in line for playing time. First they locked up Brandon Carr to a 5 year $50 million deal, and then of course they coughed up their 2nd round pick to move up from 14 to 6 to draft Morris Claiborne. Based on 2011 #5 overall pick Patrick Peterson’s contract of a year ago ($18.4 million over 4 years), expect Claiborne to get a deal somewhere north of $4 million per year. Orlando Scandrick was already on the team, and he’ll retain his spot as a quasi-starter in the slot. Last August, Scandrick signed a contract worth $28.2 million over 6 years.
Jenkins, meanwhile, made major strides in quelling the deservedly negative public perception that he lacks toughness, as he played injured for most of 2011. He had shoulder, knee, and neck issues, with the shoulder being the most severe, as he reportedly couldn’t even lift his arm above his head. And despite all of that, he not only played, but he played well. Jenkins is set to make a hair over $1 million this season. Back in March, prior to the draft, Mike Jenkins and agent Drew Rosenhaus approached the Cowboys about a new deal. The Cowboys’ reply was something to the effect of “Yeah… uh… no.”
So to recap, if you’re Mike Jenkins, it’s kind of hard not to take a quick snapshot of your surroundings and ponder the following questions:
- I was the best CB on the team last year, and now I’m 4th in the pecking order?
- Our slot corner is making what? Wait, are 3 of our corners going to make at least 4 times as much as me this year?
- They think so little of my play that they used their first two picks on a guy to replace me?
- I’m going to be an effing backup, in my contract year?
- This is how I’m being rewarded by staying on the field despite all my injuries?
Now I’m not saying he should hold out, because in reality, it doesn’t do him any good… but I understand.