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Compelling Reasons Why Cowboys Should Not Trade Mike Jenkins

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.

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