The Cowboys spent all last night saying that even with the trade up in the draft to snag LSU CB Morris Claiborne, they hadn’t made a decision on Mike Jenkins. Vice President Stephen Jones said that while no decision had been made, “Very rarely do you see people get through the season using three corners.”
In the next room, though, owner Jerry Jones wouldn’t guarantee that Jenkins would be on the roster in training camp. And with good reason.
I’m told this morning that the Cowboys are shopping Jenkins, who has one more year on a contract that should pay the former first-rounder $1 million. Both Joneses lamented losing a second-round pick in the Claiborne deal, and perhaps they can get a third-rounder (or, even a second) back for Jenkins.
After committing to Brandon Carr (five years, $50 million) and Orlando Scandrick (five-year extension for $27 million), it’s a ton of money for one position, even if Jerry Jones said they can pay corners well in their budget. Just not enough for Jenkins to get the long-term deal he wants.
So, it’s an obvious move, and from a value standpoint, trading Claiborne for Jenkins makes sense — assuming Claiborne pans out and is who he is supposed to be. That’s what we don’t know yet. Even last late night, though, Jerry Jones was talking like Jenkins would be on his team… unless something better came along.
“Anytime we have an opportunity to consider something that would improve or give us, in relationship to your question about Jenkins, that anytime we have a chance to look at that,” Jones said. “Jenkins is going into the final year of his contract, but we are expecting him to have a great year for us. But you can get real slim real quick in this league at corner and you can get a few nicks that you didn’t plan on.”