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Mike Jenkins says he didn't ask for a trade. Says he didn't know if his agent did. If he got traded? "I'd have to go on" ok then— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2012
The idea of trading Jenkins has made sense for a while now, since the Cowboys signed Brandon Carr to a big deal in the offseason and traded up to draft Morris Claiborne as well. So eventually an injured and seemingly disgruntled Jenkins supposedly demanded to be traded. Makes sense for both parties, but the Cowboys shut down any serious trade rumors.
For Dallas, hopefully this isn't a distraction going into the season.
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Jerry jones said he is not listening to offers for mike jenkins. He said he means more to the cowboys— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) May 30, 2012
The team has invested a lot of money in Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick over the last two seasons, but they aren't ready to cut the cords with their former first-round pick just yet.
Not only was CB depth a huge problem for the team last year, but trading Jenkins, who has played at a Pro Bowl level at times in Dallas, would be selling extremely low.
Jenkins, who will be a free agent next season, would obviously rather not be a nickel or dime CB headed into his first opportunity to get a big contract in the NFL. But if he pouts this season, he'll only sink his value even further, so the Cowboys are holding all the cards in this situation.
After unsuccessfully attempting to trade him during the draft, it appears Jenkins may remain with the Cowboys until training camp. At that point, a trade would appear to make sense. ESPN's John Clayton reported that a trade likely wouldn't happen until July or August.
Here is the reasoning from Pro Football Talk:
The theory here is that a cornerback-needy team might get desperate in camp, especially if one of its top corners goes down in practice or a preseason game. Jenkins is young, and his base salary is an affordable $1.052 million. He’s been a Pro Bowl-caliber cover guy when healthy.
Speaking of being healthy, Jenkins isn't yet. In January, he underwent shoulder surgery and PFT says he won't be medically cleared to play until training camp. The Colts, Lions and Titans appear to be vying for Jenkins' services.
Defensive back Mike Jenkins has said that he wants to be traded from the Dallas Cowboys, and while there are at least two teams interested for Jenkins services the Cowboys would receive more benefits in keeping rather than trading Jenkins.
Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas makes some good points to why the Cowboys should keep Jenkins. The best reason to keep Jenkins is because his trade value is low at the moment:
A front office source said the Cowboys want something significant for Jenkins if they deal him. What does significant mean? A fourth-round pick? Fifth round? Seventh round? It's doubtful the Cowboys are getting a first- or second-round selection for Jenkins. Not because Jenkins isn't worth it, but because he's in the final year of his contract and he's coming off shoulder surgery. The Cowboys don't have much leverage. If you just want to give him away, you can always get a seventh rounder for him. But keeping Jenkins could also mean gaining an compenstatory pick in next year's NFL draft.
That is an excellent reason because there is no incentive for a team to trade an acceptable draft pick to the Cowboys if the team can not sign Jenkins to a long-term deal. It does not matter if his on field play is Pro Bowl level because if he is going to a one-year player why would any team want to give up a high draft pick.
As for the Cowboys, another reason to not trade Jenkins is because he is good and that the defensive backfield situation was awful last year, and the Cowboys needs as many quality players as possible to improve the secondary.
The Indianapolis Colts have already said that they are interested in the Dallas Cowboys defensive back Mike Jenkins, and now the Detroit Lions name has surfaced as a possible suitor. The interesting part on the Lions wanting Jenkins is that they just drafted three defensive backs in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Jenkins has talent as he made the 2009 Pro Bowl and in 2011 had 10 pass break ups, plus he is durable as he played through injuries this past year and has played in 43 of 44 games since 2009.
While Detroit may want to trade for Jenkins at some point, the Cowboys have already said that they are not interested in trading Jenkins, well unless a team approaches them with a good offer.
Dallas has staunchly refused to trade Jenkins, but according to an ESPN.com report, that hasn't stopped the Colts from aggressively pursuing Jenkins:
A Colts official declined comment, yet a person connected to the team said Indianapolis has been trying to pry loose Jenkins with an offer that one source said "many teams would think is compelling."
Jenkins is in the last year of his contract and Indianapolis is looking to bolster its secondary after acquiring another cornerback in Cassius Vaughn from the Denver Broncos in a trade for fullback Chris Gronkowski on Wednesday.
Dallas Cowboys defensive back Mike Jenkins has decided to sit out OTA's and has reportedly asked for the Cowboys to trade him. Jenkins wants out due to the Cowboys signing Brandon Carr and acquired Maurice Claiborne in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Head coach Jason Garrett has come out to say that the Cowboys are not attempting to trade Jenkins:
"He's making a business decision not to be here. But we're not going to trade him. We like Mike Jenkins. We feel like he can be a part of our team. We've got to get him healthy. We've got to get him back on the field."
With the Cowboys secondary lacking this past season it does not seem to be in the best interest of the Cowboys to trade Jenkins who started last season.
The Cowboys inconsistent CB has demanded a trade, but it's hard to see the value in letting him go for a late-round pick.
Jason Garrett, Rob Ryan and Jerry Jones have spent much of the 2012 offseason beefing up one of the weakest secondaries in the league. The Dallas Cowboys signed Brandon Carr and traded up in the 2012 NFL Draft to select Maurice Claiborne, the top rated cornerback in the draft. This has left cornerback Mike Jenkins disgruntled -- and he's disgruntled enough to skip OTAs and possibly mandatory minicamp.
Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:
#Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins won't be at OTAs for foreseable future, I'm told. He is interested in being traded. Was rehabbing shoulder anyway— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 21, 2012
Will #Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins be at mandatory mini-camp? It's not yet clear. But not at OTAs. Sounds like he wants to know about his future— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 21, 2012
Jenkins doesn't exactly have a lot of trade value, and Jerry Jones has said that he has no plans to deal Jenkins, despite him falling on the depth chart.
Hopefully for the Cowboys, this situation resolves itself amicably one way or another before training camp gets underway later this summer.