The Redskins’ signing of Stephen Bowen was surprising. Not only was he given outrageous money, but the pairing was completely unexpected. In fact, the Redskins were said to be on the verge of signing former Green Bay Packer Cullen Jenkins. Pro Football Talk reported that the two sides already had a hand shake agreement in place. However, the signing of Bowen killed that deal. The good news is that this probably frees up Jenkins if the Cowboys are still interested.
Jenkins is an intriguing option because he’s a solid run stopper and can make plays in the backfield. That is something the ‘Boys have been missing at the end spot. Bowen is a nice pass rusher, but struggles against the run and Marcus Spears is basically the opposite. Jenkins can do both adequately. When he is on the field, he makes a difference.
However, the problem with Jenkins is injury history. To begin with, he is thirty and has played in 93 games over seven seasons. In the last three seasons, he has missed significant time, including five games last year. And, based on what’s been going on so far in the NFL, Jenkins won’t be cheap. The Cowboys should be leery of committing anything significant to the former Packer. Realistically, he probably won’t be productive for too much longer.
The Cowboys definitely need to do something about defensive line, but spending the type of money that the Redskins spent on Stephen Bowen seems like a really bad idea. Especially on a thirty year-old with a history of injuries. Rarely do players get healthier once they pass thirty.
Honestly, I’d rather see the team bring back Marcus Spears than spend that kind of loot of on Jenkins. Spears is two years younger, and, even though he’s been somewhat underwhelming, Jenkins wouldn’t be that much of an upgrade. With the amount of dead money the Cowboys are taking on next season, they’re going to need to be smart here.