When the Cowboys gave up their 2nd round pick and traded up 8 spots with the St. Louis Rams to grab Morris Claiborne with the 6th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, many believed that Mike Jenkins would be traded. He was not, as the Cowboys hoped he would provide them extra depth, but they might not be able to keep him for that purpose. Jenkins is reportedly not happy with being a backup and wants to be traded, according to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram. Jenkins has been absent from the start of OTAs for this reason.
Jenkins, the 25th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, is owed just 1.052 million this season, the final year of a 5-year rookie deal. He was a Pro Bowler in 2009, but has struggled in each of the last 2 seasons since, thanks, in some part, to injuries. There was a report that suggested Detroit could be interested because they had interest in him with the 17th overall pick in 2008, when they opted for Gosder Cherilus instead. While Jenkins would fill a need for the Lions, the regime in charge in 2008 is completely gone so I don’t know why that’s relevant.
Wherever he goes, the Cowboys probably won’t get much more than a late round pick for him and may have to just cut him outright if they can’t find a taker. Jenkins doesn’t fill a need or anything for the Cowboys. They have Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick, two guys they’ve given big contracts to over the past 2 offseason, and, of course, Claiborne, the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. They viewed Jenkins as just insurance, which clearly he was not pleased with.