• The Raiders signed Mike Jenkins. Fare thee well, my sweet non-tackling china doll. It is a 1-year deal, but the money figures aren’t known just yet. The free agent market for corners has been incredibly soft, so I don’t think it will be a significant amount of money. For the past year+, I’ve debated with countless Cowboys fans on the level of compensatory pick Jenkins would net the Cowboys if he were to leave via free agency. I’ve always maintained that a 4th corner with a history of injuries and soft play would not merit a large contract, resulting in a high comp pick. So from a nanny nanny boo boo perspective, I’m very interested to see what he got.
Regarding compensatory picks, here is where the Cowboys currently stand in terms of potentially recouping comp picks in 2014:
- Justin Durant will likely cancel out one of the Cowboys’ losses, most likely Kevin Ogletree.
- You can probably pencil in a 7 each for Victor Butler and John Phillips, pending other signings.
- The Cowboys cut Dan Connor and Marcus Spears, so they will not receive a comp pick in return for either player.
- The Cowboys signed Will Allen, who received the veteran minimum, which will likely not include him in the comp pick formula.
- Depending on what Mike Jenkins received from the Raiders and what Kenyon Coleman received from the Saints, they could bring comp picks in return, although I doubt Coleman received anything higher than the veteran minimum, which would likely disqualify him from the formula.
- Keep an eye on any more Cowboys signings to come, in the wake of Tony Romo’s new deal which freed up cap space. If the Cowboys sign a player for something higher than the minimum, they may wind up canceling out one of the above players who might otherwise net them a comp pick.
• Speaking of recouping comp picks for dead weight, the Bengals are reportedly giving Felix Jones a look.
• It was reported that the Cowboys were interested in former Texans and Chiefs OT Eric Winston. That report was then shot down by multiple Cowboys reporters. On that same topic, the Cowboys “may or may not be pursuing linemen,” according to reports. MySanAntonio.com be journalizin’, son.
The rest of the division is slow on news:
I did a Q&A about the Eagles with the great Hogs Haven. My’s “A’s” were tremendous.
Here’s an updated Giants prospect tracker, via Big Blue View.
Antoine Winfield visited with the Seahawks, throwing some serious doubt into the Redskins’ chances of signing him. Rich Tandler took a look at the Redskins’ chances of signing Winfield, with salary cap info and stuff.