Report: CB Mike Jenkins, Raiders agree to terms on one-year deal

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Jenkins has agreed to terms with the Raiders and likely will start. (USATSI)
Jenkins has agreed to terms with the Raiders and likely will start. (USATSI)

For the past few weeks, the Raiders have shown an interest in signing free-agent cornerback Mike Jenkins, and on Monday night, a variety of outlets reported that Oakland and Jenkins have agreed to terms on a one-year deal.

Combine that signing with the Raiders recent acquisition of Tracy Porter, also to a one-year deal, and the team now will feature a pair of likely starting cornerbacks who were taken on the cheap and will have the 2013 season to prove why they deserve multi-year deals by this time next year.

Jenkins had a fast start to his pro career. The Cowboys took him 25th overall in 2008, and after the 2009 season, he made the Pro Bowl. But Dallas signed Brandon Carr to a huge money deal before last season and the Cowboys drafted Morris Claiborne with the No. 6 overall pick, leaving Jenkins as an unhappy backup cornerback.

He only started two of 13 games last season and didn't have an interception for the first time in his career -- which was probably why Jenkins wanted to be traded before last season even began.

Jenkins reportedly had been seeking a multi-year deal and also visited the Jaguars, but with a softer-than-expected free-agent cornerback market, Jenkins now is in a spot where he'll have to work his way back into a position where he can cash in on his next contract.

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