The Dallas Cowboys are getting interest in cornerback Mike Jenkins, who is the odd man out in a crowded secondary. But the team continues to reiterate it has no interest in dealing him.
According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the club quietly made it known it has no interest in trading Jenkins after the Indianapolis Colts reportedly inquired.
“Mike Jenkins, we believe, is a big part of our football team right now,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said earlier this week. “He's making a business decision not to be here, but we're not going to trade him.
“We like Mike Jenkins. We expect him to be a part of our team. We've got to get him healthy. We've got to get him back and get him going.”
The Cowboys like Jenkins because he is terrific insurance at a great rate. He will earn just over $1 million this season. Right now, he figures to be the fourth cornerback after the team signed Brandon Carr and drafted Morris Claiborne.
Jenkins is working his way back from shoulder surgery and is expected to be cleared before training camp. It’s hard to trade a player that is injured. Are the Cowboys serious about keeping a player that has asked for a trade and could be disgruntled? Maybe. Or perhaps they’re saying that to drive up the price?
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