Mike Jenkins Draws Raiders Interest, Victor Butler Visiting Browns Next

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A quick round-up of the Cowboys unsigned free agents.

The Cowboys still have a group of free agents that remain unsigned. One of them is former first-round pick Mike Jenkins. The cornerback market, along with almost all positions, has been soft so far. One team is finally interested in talking to Jenkins.

The Raiders are still looking for a cornerback and now reports are coming out that they are interested in former Cowboys corner, Mike Jenkins according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas.

This off-season, the Raiders have been actively filling positions on their defense with free agent signings. The one position in which they have a desperate need that has yet to be filled by an outside free agent is defensive back. More specifically, cornerback.

The team had visited with free agent corner, Terence Newman (who was also a Dallas Cowboy at one time), but Newman left without a contract and has yet to make up his mind about signing.

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Victor Butler has bounced around the league talking to a few teams including the Jets, the Steelers, and most recently the Saints. But he has yet to be signed and will visit the Browns next.

Dallas Cowboys free-agent linebacker Victor Butler wrapped up his two-day visit with the New Orleans Saints on Friday without a contract, according to a source. It's the second visit Butler finished during free agency without a contract as he originally visited with Pittsburgh last week. This doesn't necessarily mean the door has closed on Butler with the Saints, but it does open the door for other teams to pursue Butler. Butler will visit with the Browns on Monday, according to a source.

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So far, no team has show any public interest in Felix Jones. If he fails to draw any interest, could Jerry Jones actually push to bring him back after making statements that the door isn't closed?

"We've got to look at the backup backfield," Jerry Jones said. "You can't dismiss Felix. I don't want to dismiss him from our thinking."

The backup running backs to DeMarco Murray currently are Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar.

"Dunbar is pretty impressive when you look back (on his season)," Jerry Jones said. "When he got his chances, he did real well. He was in some pretty critical situations. He's got a real receiver knack. He can find the soft spot. He gives us an alternative. He's going to have to make the contribution on special teams. It's hard not to have that third back be a special teams contributor."

Felix Jones is not a special teams contributor, but he's someone, if healthy, who could have an impact.

"I didn't expect Felix to have some of the physical limitations that he's had," Jerry Jones said. "I know how hard of a worker that he is, and I know what his motor was when he came out of Arkansas. The facts are he did some good things for us last year. I would have hoped with those two No. 1 picks, Felix could have been the one. But of course, Murray had something to say about that. But the big thing with Felix has been his health. That's been the most disappointing thing.

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