ProFootballTalk is confirming something many have been suspecting since the Dallas Cowboys made their move in the 2012 draft and jumped up to grab cornerback Morris Claiborne in the first round. Current starting cornerback Mike Jenkins is being actively shopped.
A league source tells PFT that the Cowboys are shopping Jenkins, and that the Cowboys are willing to move him during the 2012 draft. Jenkins has been a full-time starter since 2009. The first-round pick in 2008 is entering the final year of his rookie deal, at a base salary of slightly more than $1 million.
Why I certainly understand this move, I stop short of totally endorsing it. The Cowboys now have a fully-stocked secondary, with quality corners, and besides Carr, the price is not prohibitive. They could now withstand an injury to one of their top corners and still be in good shape. Of course, the flip-side to that argument is that you generally only play three corners, so one guy is going to be riding the pine unless injury does occur.
Jerry Jones and Co. may be using Jenkins as bait to get back into the second round. Getting back into the second round would be nice, there are some quality players still available. Trades involving players and draft picks are much rarer than straight-up pick-for-pick trades, so I'm not sure the Cowboys can get this done even if they are trying. Stay tuned.