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.