Trying to understand the latest in the Mike Jenkins saga — Colts edition

Did we mention Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins wants to be traded?/AP

It’s the holiday weekend, and everyone is heading off to their various locales. But before you do… let’s take a moment to try to figure out what’s up with Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins.

You’ve probably seen by now that sources say the Colts are pushing to trade for him. They appear a little frustrated, though, at some of their offers not getting any traction.

As for why that is, a high-ranking Cowboys source told me, “We’re not interested in trading Mike Jenkins.” OK, then. So…

What does this all mean?

Well, let’s play the semantics game. That’s really how to solve this. The Cowboys say they are not “interested” in trading Jenkins. That’s a little softer than what coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday, which was, “We’re not gonna trade him.”

Big difference. If they say they are trading him, they lose their leverage. If they are actively seeking a trade, they lose major leverage. ¬†While I believe Jenkins’ best position is to stay home and try to force the issue, the Cowboys seem convinced he will show up eventually.

Perhaps that’s why the Cowboys are taking the approach they are. It’s a savvy, confident approach. Essentially, the Cowboys are saying they don’t need to trade Jenkins. Eh. Could do it, could not, won’t make or break them. They are forcing another team to come up with something that really knocks their socks off.

They are acting indifferent. That is their leverage. Because really, once the season starts, everyone needs corners. If training camp comes and a team suffers an injury to their top corner, how much more valuable will Jenkins be? Very. The Cowboys approach could pay off. And if they keep him — and Jenkins does show up — that’s a solid insurance policy.

To boil it down, Jenkins wants to be traded. The Cowboys aren’t actively interested in it. The Colts are, though they don’t seem ready to break the bank to do it. Thus, a standstill.

Now, you can go off and enjoy the holidays.

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