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May 21, 2012

Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins plans to boycott OTAs, wants to be traded

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." 

 

 

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@ BLUE TRUTH...I ONLY DISAGREE WITH ONE THING YOU SAID TO JOHN Q WITH REGARDS TO WES WELKER OWNING HIM. THAT HAPPENED TO BE THE ONLY GAME I THOUGHT SCAMBRICK( I KNOW I MISPELLED THE NAME MORONS ) PLAYED DECENT., FACT IS WELKER STAT LINE 6 REC 45 YARDS 1 TD.

@JOHN Q......WHAT HE SAID....JENKINS PLAYED WITH HEART LAST YEAR....SCAMBRICK CAUSED US THE CARDINALS GAME WITH STUPID SPECIAL TEAMS PENALTIES.

@ John Q

When did Scnadrick ever show that he had heart? Jenkins was soft when he came into the league, did not even attempt to tackle, etc. That being said, the past couple of years Jenkins has played through major injures and kept coming back and looking like the Spirit of 76. What has Scandrick ever done to prove his contract? Wasn't that temper tantrum he threw at MetLife stadium by pounding his feet and flalling hands like a 5 year old beocmeing of his contract? He let Wes Welker USE him over and over again?
The same "Scoundrel" who ahd this to say when he signed his new contract:

Scandrick circa 8/25/2011

"It's a humbling experience," Scandrick said. "With more money comes instant maturation. It was a weight lifted off of you. I knew this was going to happen but you don't speak until you know for sure. I felt energetic, my confidence raised," Scandrick said. "I'm not playing to not make mistakes now. Now I'm playing to make plays. I expect to have a tremendous year."

-- I am not even going to go into the comments about NOW because of his contract he feels proud to be a Cowboy and not just playing for the name on his back crap.

yes Jenkins SHOULD be at OTA's because he is under contract and he should honor that. What could the Cowboys get in a trade for Jenkins? The Beagles got what, a fifth or sixth rounder for a one trick pny, non-tackling ..overrated DOG like Asante Samuel??

Yes Jenkins should be out there with his teammates but at the same time, he deserves the contract that Scandrick got because Jenkins has produced more and he is more of a tema player by improving his tackling and playing with injuries.

Complete this sentence people:

Scandrick has shown _____, has made big plays such as____ and proven____ to earn a long term deal!

Bottom line is Jenkins should be at OTA's and he was screwed over for a bum like Scandrick!

I'm not going to worry about Jenkins, because he is injured and would not be able to participate in the OTAs. Sure it would have been good to have him in camp so that he could start learning the playbook and that the Cowboys medical and conditioning staff could monitor his progress, BUT at the end of the day, Jenkins still has one year left on his contract and IF he does not know the playbook and is not in shape, then he won't play. This just makes it harder for him to show the Cowboys and other teams to invest big bucks on him. Jenkins, regardless will get big bucks from a team, but if does not play well or is not conditioned to be a bit tougher physically, then this will decrease the amount of money he receives. Jenkins needs to be smart about this. Lastly, to Jenkins credit he did play injured last year and is a good cornerback.

@Blue Truth: Jenkins may have more skill than Scandrick but he ain't got the heart. Now he's a distraction that we don't need. I vote we send him to the unemployment line.

He knows that injuries at cornerback hurt us last season and we need more depth. So we get more depth and now he wants a trade.

He looks like he's afraid to go compete for a starting job with Claiborne and Carr. Does he think he can't keep his starting role against a rookie and a free agent? If so, get him out of there.

The sad part is that he is MUCH MUCH better than the thief Scandrick!

Typical poor me attitude. Instead of taking it as a personal challenge to beat out Claiborne for the starting CB job Jenkins wants to be traded and handed another starting position rather than win it on merit. He's cancer Jerry. Trade him, cut him, but do something now and be done with the distraction.

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