According to Adam Schefter, the Colts are going hard after Mike Jenkins, and have made “an offer that one source said ‘many teams would think is compelling.‘”
Jenkins has value to the Cowboys as a backup option to starters Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. The Cowboys have been playing the “We’re not trading him” game for the past few weeks, but if the right offer came along, surely there’s a price.
Jenkins did not attend voluntary OTAs this week and is unhappy with his current situation with the team. I may be in the minority here, but I don’t blame him. Jenkins’ unhappiness, from the Cowboys’ perspective, is no reason to trade him. However, his extreme unlikelihood to remain with the team in 2013 is reason to get something in return for him now, instead of getting nothing for him when his contract is up next year.
The Colts are an interesting team to have interest. It’s a new front office, and the team moved from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Surely there are players currently on the roster that don’t fit into the Colts’ plans. To be determined if the Colts are offering a draft pick, a player, or a combination of the two.
Keep in mind that the Colts are unlikely to offer a high pick. If you trade for Jenkins, you’re getting a player whose contract expires at the end of 2012, so if you’re willing to give up a pick, you’re also going to have to pay him “free agent money.” The Colts are not going to seriously contend in 2012, and they know that, I would think. They would have to really like Jenkins to make a substantial offer, as they have plenty of time to build.
The Colts were rumored to be interested in trading Dwight Freeney prior to the draft, but he’s due more than $14 million in 2012, so there’s almost no way the Cowboys could afford him as they’re already up against the cap. After a quick look at the Colts’ roster, I think players like Austin Collie and Jerry Hughes might make some sense in varying compensation packages.