Colts reportedly have a trade offer on the table for Mike Jenkins

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.

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  9. PITTEAGLE says:

    What about Dwight Freeny for anthony spencer and mike jenkins?

    1. DerfDiggy says:

      If there’s interest now…there will be interest in august when camp bodies start dropping.
      No need in weakening a position of strength for a 6th or 7th round pick. Especially if the Boys would likely get a conditional pick when he leaves next year.

      1. brisulph says:

        Isn’t Jenkins on a low end contract? Or are conditional picks not based on pay level, but something else?

        1. deg0ey says:

          Aren’t they based on the contract that he signs elsewhere? So if he signs somewhere for big money then the Cowboys get a better pick (assuming they don’t bring in any FAs of their own)

          1. Mike says:

            They’re based on more than just the contract. But yes, it has nothing to do with the current amount he’s making.

            The way it’s calculated is through a formula that accounts for how large the contract he signs for, his playing time, and any accolades, as well as what Free Agents the Cowboys get to replace him.

    2. Mike says:

      Why the heck would you want a 33 year old 4-3 DE who’s never played standing up during his decade long career in exchange for a very solid starter who’s probably much better at the position, as well as a very important piece of depth. Not to mention said 33 year old is making $5 million more than the two guys he would be replacing.

      That would just be an absolutely horrific trade for the Cowboys.

      1. Will B says:

        It’d probably be for like Austin Collie not Freeney or Mathis

  10. Crash says:

    I just don’t see how there could be enough interest on both sides of a trade for it to happen, given the compensation that a team would need to give up to interest Dallas for a player that has one year remaining on his contract. And I would be wary of trading for a guy with a year left and immediately extending him to a large contract, because the last player I know that happened with was Roy Williams.

  11. Imp says:

    Andrew Luck for Jenkins! I’d say that’s a fair trade.

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