Len Pasquarelli of Fox Sports is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys have turned away four teams who inquired about trading for cornerback Mike Jenkins. We all knew about the supposed offer from the Indianapolis Colts, but the offer from the Detroit Lions is news to me.
At least two teams, in addition to the trade inquiries made by Indianapolis and Detroit, have made overtures about Jenkins since the draft, and been rebuffed. The Dallas source even discounted reports that Jenkins will be dealt much closer to the openings of training camps
Right now it's all speculation about who the two other teams were. It is also possible that there were more offers on the table, but the Cowboys are standing firm and holding their ground. Pasquarelli hits on a good point in his article.
The rationale of Jones, Dallas officials told The Sports Xchange, is that the $1.05 million salary Jenkins will make in 2012 is still a palatable price to pay for a projected No. 3 cornerback in a league where you need at least three top-shelf corners.
You need depth at the cornerback position. Last year we saw just how sketchy it can get when you are down to the bottom of the depth chart playing an important role at the cornerback position. Jerry Jones is clearly going to play hardball when it comes to moving Jenkins, he isn't just going to give him away for nothing. If the right offer does come a long, then the Cowboys need to jump on it. What exactly is the right offer? Well that is a good question is and up for debate. I would take a top 100 draft pick because we could turn that into another Sean Lee or DeMarco Murray.
Depth is important, but the worst case scenario here is that Jenkins becomes a locker room distraction. The Cowboys have done a good job of eliminating a lot of the internal problem makers and headaches, so I would hate to see a situation develop here with Jenkins if he doesn't want to be here.
What teams do you think were inquiring about Jenkins? What would you want in return for trading him? Have at it in the comments section.