After reading recent transactions going on in the NFL, I couldn’t help but notice one in particular, The Detroit Lions releasing starting right cornerback Aaron Berry after his 2nd arrest this offseason.
The Lions have become awfully thin at cornerback with Berry’s release, but decided it was for the best since they don’t want to become the ” laughing stock in the NFL “.
Now the Lions are left with 2012 3rd round draft selection Dwight Bentley, and former Denver Bronco Alphonso Smith competing at RCB.
The Cowboys however have a golden opportunity to possibly make a trade offer to the Lions to send one very unhappy Mike Jenkins, who quickly fell out of favor in Dallas when Jerry Jones & co. signed former Chiefs star Brandon Carr, and then surprised the world by trading with St. Louis from #15 in the first round to #6, selecting the best cornerback in the draft, Morris Claiborne.
Jenkins fought through several injuries in 2011, and eventually had shoulder surgery in January. He will start on the team’s PUP ( Physically Unable to Perform ) list when training camp begins.
Jenkins is also in the final year of his contract, and will most likely be searching for a new team in 2013 anyway.
Top 5 Positions the Cowboys are in need of :
1. # 3 Wide Receiver
2. # 3 Blocking / Receiving Tight End
3. ” True Space Eating ” Nose Tackle
4. Free Safety
Now sure the Lions can’t offer help at all of these positions, but there are 2 in particular they could help the Cowboys in particular if the Boys’ are willing to make this trade happen.
The first is #3 WR Titus Young, who quickly landed in the team’s doghouse after sucker punching fellow team mate free safety Louis Delmas back in March. Now of course, Young has a lot of growing up to do, but surrounding him with good coaching, and positive players, he will be very successful in this league.
Young, ( 23 on August 21st ), had a very impressive rookie season with 48 catches for 607 yards, and 6 touchdowns. He also started 9 games in 2011.
The other player that could help this team immediately is Defensive Tackle Sammie Lee Hill. Hill, 25, has been playing behind Ndamukong Suh, and Corey Williams, and when given the opportunity, recorded 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks in reserve duty in 2011 alone.
Hill, 6′-4″ , 330 lbs. would give the Cowboys that big space eater they have been needing in sometime.
With the additions of Young and Hill, Dallas would have a solid #3 WR that could start incase Dez Bryant or Miles Austin suffers an injury, or if Bryant has to miss any games due to any suspension pending on his latest charge.
Hill would give the Cowboys the opportunity to finally reshuffle their defensive line, sliding Jay Ratliff over to DRE with rookie Tyrone Crawford backing him up. They could move Jason Hatcher and Sean Lissemore to DLE, and let Josh Brent rotate with Hill at NT.
Now of course this is all speculation from a Fan’s point of view. But I think some of you will agree with me that Mike Jenkins could finally serve a purpose to this team, and that is to be traded for ” needs ” to this club. I have a strong feeling that a player like Mario Butler, Isaac Madison, or Lionel Smith will have a strong training camp and preseason to stick around, and Jenkins will just become a high priced #4 cornerback who will not be back in 2013 anyway.