Mike Jenkins is unhappy, who wouldn’t be! Your team signs one player in free agency, then drafts another, both playing your position. I would see why he wouldn’t want to be a Cowboy anymore, but I don’t think he sees the big picture.
The Cowboys can use Jenkins in a variety of fashions. They can put him at safety for one thing; let him learn the position and who knows what can happen. We already know Orlando Scandrick isn’t team player enough to play the position and Jenkins is talented enough to help in that area.
The Cowboys state that they are too thin at cornerback to trade Jenkins. That might be true, but the correct statement is that the Cowboys are thin at experienced cornerbacks. Having three players with more than 5 years’ experience plus two more with four years then the remaining don’t have enough experience or the talent to be an impact player. Jenkins, Scandrick, and Brandon Carr all have the experience. Morris Clairborne has the talent to make a difference but is still a rookie.
Jenkins doesn’t see that the Cowboys are one injury away from having a problem at cornerback. I don’t wish injuries on anyone, but the fact of the matter is if the Cowboys lose one cornerback; they are going to either have just one experienced cornerback to be able to start or a rookie left to start.
Honestly, I don’t think Jenkins’ playing time will differ as many teams in the NFL utilize multi-wide receiver sets. He can play some slot corner and he should be fine. Will it hurt his value in the long run when free agency comes around? I am sure it will. When free agency does come around, he is eligible to become one after this season, as he will finish up his rookie contract. Would it hurt to show you’re a team player and will just play football? As a GM of a semiprofessional football team, I wish I could clone those team players, they are a rarity in this age of the “ME” athlete.
In between Jenkins and Scandrick, the Cowboys have their hands full in the commitment department. My advice to Mr. Jenkins is to play some football and show your commitment to the game, not going to OTA’s and saying you want to be traded is showing a side that many teams don’t want to see in a player. Just ask Terrell Owens, who was recently released from an Arena Football League team in the nearby area.
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