Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Cowboys' Jenkins wants a new contract
By Dan Graziano
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com is on the scene today, and he reports from the lobby that the agent for Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins has approached the team about a new contract for Jenkins:
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday afternoon the team values Jenkins, and "we like him," but you can't pay everybody, at least right now.
Last season, Jenkins shared the team lead in pass breakups (10) and finished with just one interception.
Jenkins played the bulk of the season with neck, knee and shoulder injuries. Jenkins' shoulder was so bad he couldn't lift his arm above his head and he underwent offseason surgery.
Hey, it never hurts to ask. But with the Cowboys just having signed free-agent cornerback Brandon Carr to a big-money deal, and the possibility that they add to their defensive back platoon by taking a cornerback in the first round of next month's draft, the chances of Jenkins getting a new deal at this point would appear pretty slim. He is, as Calvin points out, perpetually injured. When he did play in 2011, he played extremely well, and even with Carr on board a healthy Jenkins may be Dallas' best cornerback. But at this point, the Cowboys have little incentive to do anything but watch and see if Jenkins can get through the season healthy and productive before deciding what they want to do about his long-term future with the team.