Jerry Jones calls Mike Jenkins ‘vital’ to team’s plan this season

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The Dallas Cowboys would appear to have a log-jam at cornerback, the kind that could lead to a trade.

But that is not on their minds right now two weeks after trading up in the first round to select LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne sixth overall.

Owner Jerry Jones says a deal is not in the works and the team is not looking to peddle veteran Mike Jenkins, who appears to be the odd man out of the starting lineup in an offseason committed to upgrading the defensive backfield.

The Cowboys spent big to sign Brandon Carr in free agency and with Claiborne that would send Jenkins, a first-round draft pick in 2008, to the bench. About a trade?

Jenkins is not only this year, but a long-term player here as far as I’m concerned,” Jones said, according to the team’s Web site, calling him “a vital part of our plan . . . a very critical role in what we want to be defensively.”

Dallas is expected to continue to use Orlando Scandrick in a nickel role he has excelled playing. Depth at cornerback can be fleeting and the Cowboys certainly have that right now.

“I think we’ve got the resources to have three top corners, and Scandrick, which in my mind would be a fourth corner,” Jones said. “That area of your money allocation just happens to be an area where if you plan right to get strong at corner and strong with the pass rush, you’re going to spend some money out there.”

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