By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Irving _ Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins will not be present for the organized team activities that begin Tuesday and wants to be traded, a source said.
The workouts are voluntary.
But for Jenkins, a 2008 first-round pick and former Pro Bowler who has seemingly gone from a starter to a backup following the signing of free agent Brandon Carr and selection of LSU's Morris Claiborne with the sixth overall pick, this is personal.
He was the team's best cornerback last year despite playing through knee, neck and shoulder injuries, while also showing courage and toughness. He underwent shoulder surgery following the season and should be ready for training camp.
The Cowboys spent the offseason upgrading his position with the signing of Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million deal and trading up from 14th to sixth in the draft to take Claiborne.
Jenkins, in the final year of his contract, has asked for a contract extension through is agent Drew Rosenhaus. He has done his rehab from shoulder surgery at his home in Florida, having avoided the team’s off-season workouts at Valley Ranch.
He plans to continue that absence with the OTA workouts that begin on Tuesday, a source said.
With Orlando Scandrick already signed to a long-term deal as the third cornerback, Jenkins would seem to be ideal trade bait.
However, his contract situation and his injury hinder the process. He would likely want a new deal before joining another team and the Cowboys would likely want premium compensation in return.
The Cowboys, however, maintain they have no interest in moving Jenkins and want him on the team at least one more season. Coach Jason Garrett said Sunday that he was hopeful that Jenkins would attend the OTA workouts.
Owner Jerry Jones said last week Jenkins was vital to the team as a third cornerback.
He's a vital part of our plan," Jones said. "We know that we've got a situation where we can identify what we are on defense by having three corners in there a lot I see short-term and long-term with Jenkins. We've also got Scandrick, we got some room if somebody gets nicked not to have to adjust. We can come out there and spend some time really utilizing where we are at corner. The decision to bring Claiborne in was a big part of that. There's no interest on my part at all of trading Jenkins. None."