While it’s believed Mike Jenkins remains on the trade block and could stay there into training camp, the Cowboys have at least kept open lines of communication with the contract-year cornerback amid heavy speculation that Jenkins’ time in Dallas is up.
Specifically, Cowboys first-year secondary coach Jerome Henderson reached out to Jenkins after Dallas traded up to draft Morris Claiborne, who is Jenkins’ replacement in the starting lineup.
“I’ll keep that conversation between Mike and I,” said Henderson, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “It was a personal conversation and it was me speaking to him, both as a coach and also just a guy who’s played in the league and been through some things. … We had a real good conversation.”
Jenkins separated his right shoulder on numerous occasions last season, showing toughness and guts while starting 12 of 16 games.
“Mike Jenkins gave me everything he can,” acknowledged defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. “He had a blown shoulder. He had everything going on. He played his heart out.”
Ryan also made it sound like he doesn’t expect Jenkins back.
“We’ve obviously got two fantastic players to help us,” said Ryan, presumably referring to Claiborne and free-agent addition Brandon Carr. “And that’s exactly what they’re going to do.”