“We’re not going to trade Jenkins,” Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m excited about the fact that we’ve got this kind of corner situation. We’ll maximize it for our team and it gives us all the things we want at a position that’s critical for us.”
Dallas has reportedly received offers from multiple teams for Jenkins, but they’re clearly focused on ensuring that they have enough talent at a position that really hurt them last season. Depth in the NFL can change in a matter of minutes because of injuries, so it will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets in the team’s defensive system next season.
There was some talk that Jenkins may opt to skip the workouts, but he seemed to have changed his mind regarding the issues in the past few weeks. Jenkins has said that he would like to be traded after the team signed Brandon Carr and traded up for LSU CB Morris Claiborne, but the Cowboys have insisted that they plan to keep him on their roster for the foreseeable future.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins will attend the team’s minicamp on Tuesday. While Jenkins won’t participate because of offseason shoulder surgery, all indications are that he will at least be in attendance.
Jenkins had requested his trade or release from Dallas after the signing of Brandon Carr from Kansas City and after the team traded up to 6th overall to draft LSU CB Morris Claiborne in April’s draft. Jenkins also happens to be the team’s fourth highest paid cornerback behind Carr, Claiborne, and Orlando Scandrick, whom the team resigned last offseason to a 5 year, $25 million extension.
This move, however, may signal the end of Jenkins’ interest in being traded. The Cowboys have already come out and said they have no interest in trading him.
“There’s nothing that I can conceive that would help us more as a football team and help us accomplish where we’re going to be next year than having Jenkins on the team,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones last month. “I’m sure not interested in anything in the future. I’m all about what we can do this year.”
The organization could fine Jenkins if he didn’t show to the mandatory camp, so this could be a money related decision, but we will see how this situation plays out in Dallas over the rest of the summer.