When the Cowboys signed Brandon Carr and then drafted Morris Claiborne, it seemed to signal the beginning of the end of Mike Jenkins' career in Dallas. Even if Jenkins is on the roster for the season opener, the 25th overall pick in 2008 is in the last year of his rookie contract. He will be a free agent at season's end.
Jenkins, 27, had surgery on his right shoulder in January soon after the season ended. Jenkins was targeted 55 times, allowing 29 catches for 394 yards and four touchdowns last season, according to STATS, Inc.
"Mike Jenkins gave me everything he can," defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "He had a blown shoulder. He had everything going on. He played his heart out. But half the games he wasn’t there, which is unfortunate, because he’s a super talented guy. I think we were banged up there at that position. We had every kid on our roster playing corner for us. We’ve got an obviously two fantastic players to help us, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do."
New defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson has talked to Jenkins since the Cowboys traded up from 14 to sixth overall to nab Claiborne, the top-rated defensive player in the draft.
"I'll keep that conversation between Mike and I," Henderson said. "It was a personal conversation, and it was me speaking to him as both a coach and also as just a guy who also played in the league and has been through some things. I spoke to him both as his coach and as a guy who's been through some things, and we had a real good conversation."
-- Charean Williams