The Dallas Cowboys signed high-profile free agent Brandon Carr, one of the best CBs in this year’s free agent class, and then just weeks later they traded up in the 1st round to select Morris Claiborne, the best CB in this year’s draft. Those two major upgrades sparked speculation that Mike Jenkins, a 4-year veteran CB, might be on the outs in Big D.
With the Vikings in the market for an upgrade at CB after finishing with the 26th-ranked pass defense a year ago, it was logical to wonder if Jenkins might be a good fit in Minnesota. According to a pretty reliable source in Dallas, you can stop wondering. Cowboys Owner/GM Jerry Jones told his own website that Jenkins remains in the team’s long-term plans.
Jones called Jenkins “a vital part” of the Cowboys plan and said the former 1st-round pick out of South Florida has ”a very critical role in what we want to be defensively.” Jones went on to say: “Jenkins is not only this year, but a long-term player here as far as I’m concerned.”
So there you have it. Jones made it clear that Jenkins is not on the trade block and that he is indeed a part of Dallas’ plan for 2012 and beyond. Or perhaps Jenkins really isn’t in the Cowboys long-term plan and Jones is simply trying to create leverage for a potential future trade.
Either way, I wouldn’t spend too much time trying to figure it out. Jenkins would certainly be value-added to the Vikings secondary, but the team has found alternative ways to try and add value. This is a topic in this week’s edition of Pick Six (our new video mailbag segment), so click the link to find out how I see the Vikings CB situation shaking out once we get to training camp.
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