|Is Dallas interested in trading Jenkins? Some say yes, some say no. (US Presswire)|
In fact, he's skipped Dallas' OTAs so far because he wants to be traded (probably because the Cowboys went out and got cornerback Brandon Carr in free agency -- and paid him $50 million to do so -- and then traded up to draft Morris Claiborne).
The Cowboys have said they're not interested in trading their 2008 first-round draft pick (after all, a secondary featuring Carr, Claiborne, Orlando Scandrick and Jenkins would be pretty sweet for Dallas' defense), but that might have changed.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Colts have made multiple trade offers and the Cowboys might be wavering on whether they'd accept a swap. But NFL.com's Ian Rapoport talked to Jason Garrett, who said the 'Boys aren't interested in dealing Jenkins.
"Mike Jenkins, we believe, is a big part of our football team right now," Garrett said. "He's making a business decision not to be here. But we're not going to trade him. We like Mike Jenkins, we expect him to be a part of our team. We want to get him healthy, gotta get him back."
Already the Colts have traded for a cornerback this week -- they acquired Cassius Vaughn from the Broncos -- but Jenkins would upgrade their secondary even more. Right now, it looks like Jerraud Powers and Kevin Thomas would be the starting corners in Indianapolis, and Jenkins likely would finagle his way into a starting spot if he lands with the Colts.
As Jenkins enters the final year of his contract, he's set to make a base salary of $1.052 million, which obviously makes him even more marketable for 2011. According to Pro Football Focus, Jenkins ranked in the middle of the pack last year among the league's cornerbacks (40th out of 109), and quarterbacks had a rating of 88.5 when throwing at the receiver he covered.
Still, it's not a surprise the Colts would be interested. After all, he's still young, and he still has potential. Oh, and one other thing.
Of course, if Dallas still isn't interested, I suppose none of this matters.
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