Repeat after Jerry: The Cowboys are not trading Mike Jenkins.
At least not for now.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reiterated what he and coach Jason Garrett have said since they traded up to nab LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with the sixth overall pick. Jones went so far as to say he's not even listening to trade offers for Jenkins, despite reports that several teams, including the Colts, have called the Cowboys expressing interest in acquiring the former Pro Bowler.
"Nobody needs Mike Jenkins more than the Cowboys," Jones said during Wednesday's OTA practice at Cowboys Stadium. "He's a part of the team – very much – and I'm real excited about having his skill along with the other corners we have. We really have a chance to do something exceptional in the secondary and I want to give us every chance to do that."
Jenkins has not been around Valley Ranch, rehabbing from shoulder surgery on his own in Florida. He requested a trade after the Cowboys signed free agent Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million deal and then drafted Claiborne.
Still, the Cowboys see Jenkins as a valuable asset. They believe he can help them despite being unhappy.
"Look, Mike's a professional," Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "He loves his teammates. I think the old line that players are only happy when they're playing. What is that old Fleetwood Mac line? Hell, that happens. But at the end of the day, players are players, and they want to play. Mike loves his teammates, so when he's ready to play, I'm sure he'll help us."
Jenkins is in the final year of his five-year contract that he signed as a rookie. He is scheduled to make $1.052 million and count $1.672 million against the cap. That is less than nickel back Orlando Scandrick, who signed a five-year, $20.5 million extension last August.
-- Charean Williams