Dallas cornerback Mike Jenkins is absent from Organized Team Activities and says he wants to be traded, but the Cowboys say that’s not going to happen.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told reporters today that whatever Jenkins’ feelings are, that doesn’t change the fact that the coaching staff considers him a big part of the team.
“He’s making a business decision. We’re not going to trade him,” Garrett said.
There’s been talk of the Cowboys trading Jenkins since the team used its first- and second-round picks to trade up and draft cornerback Morris Claiborne, but officially the Cowboys are continuing to insist that they view him as part of the roster for the long haul. It’s still possible that some team could suffer an injury at cornerback in training camp and make the Cowboys an offer they can’t refuse to pry Jenkins loose, but at the moment the Cowboys are saying he’ll be part of their roster throughout the 2012 season.