CB Mike Jenkins, Buccaneers agree to one-year contract
A busy offseason for the Buccaneers continued Thursday when the team agreed to terms on a one-year deal with cornerback Mike Jenkins.
It's the latest addition to a Tampa Bay squad that's undergoing a makeover this offseason; coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik were replaced by Lovie Smith and Jason Licht, and in the weeks since, the team has been reshaped in Smith's image.
Darrelle Revis was released a year after he was acquired, and a younger, better fit for Smith's Cover-2 scheme, Alterraun Verner, was signed. He joins other new faces quarterback Josh McCown, defensive end Michael Johnson, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, tight end Brandon Myers, tackle Anthony Collins, center Evan Dietrich-Smith, along with Jenkins.
The former first-round pick out of University of South Florida began his career in Dallas, where he spent the first five years of his career. The Cowboys chose not to re-sign him after the 2012 season and he signed a one-year deal with the Raiders last offseason. In 15 starts in Oakland, Jenkins had 65 tackles, six passes defended and two interceptions. And now he's joining the Bucs, who through the first two weeks of free agency have made themselves relevant in the NFC South.
Of course, there are no trophies for offseason roster-stacking. Put another way: While adding warm bodies looks good in March, we'll know a lot more in September and October. Jenkins joins a secondary that includes Verner, Johnthan Banks, and safeties Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron.
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