September 13, 2009; Tampa, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Is Mike Jenkins The Odd Man Out in Dallas?


This year, the Dallas Cowboys have the viable potential to be the best defensive backfield in the NFL. After the addition of Brandon Carr in free agency, many fans were satisfied with the pick up. Furthermore, it seemed that Mike Jenkins and Brandon Carr would be starting on opposite sides for years to come. The only problem with that speculation was that the Dallas Cowboys would have to provide Mike Jenkins with a contract extension.

Ultimately, the Dallas Cowboys refused Mike Jenkins plead for a new contract. This was for one of the two reasons, maybe the Cowboys wanted to wait and see an outcome, and allow Mike Jenkins to play out the final year of his contract. Another reason could have been that the Dallas Cowboys perhaps didn’t see Mike Jenkins in their future plans. The decision of Jenkins future was unreservedly confirmed, after the Dallas Cowboys selected LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne in the first round of the draft. Although, they tried trading Jenkins for the right price during the Draft, many would believe the Cowboys came out empty-handed. Well not really…

What do we know about Jenkins? We know he had his best season in 2009, we also know that he battled through a shoulder injury last year and still performed better than any cornerback on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster. That being said Mike Jenkins is still a premier cornerback on this team and I believe Rob Ryan will find a way to get Mike Jenkins, Brandon Carr, and the newest addition Morris Claiborne on the field at the same time.

Envision scenarios where Rob Ryan has Mike Jenkins play opposite Gerald Sensabaugh that indisputably would be a great match up! Lets not forget the Dallas Cowboys Secondary was injury plagued last season; there was a point in the season where both starting cornerbacks were both limping off the field. So therefore, it’s very plausible that we see Mike Jenkins as a starter at some point in the season.

There really is no down fall to keeping Mike Jenkins on the roster its more of a blessing. To have four starting caliber cornerbacks on your roster can’t hurt, the fourth being Orlando Scandrick. This is going to be an exciting season to watch with all the new talent on the secondary. I’m sure Rob Ryan will find a way to utilize all the talent in the secondary and I’m certain he is ecstatic to still have Mike Jenkins in the line up.

I believe the trio of Mike Jenkins, Brandon Carr, and Morris Claiborne, will be a much more talented group then what Philadelphia had last year. That is something all Dallas Cowboy fans should be excited about and I’m sure everyone in the organization cant wait to see what schemes Rob Ryan draws up for the trio this season.

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