When Mike Jenkins showed up to the Cowboys’ mandatory minicamp in June, it seemed that his displeasure with his role on the Cowboys was not great enough for him to risk heavy fines for staying away from the team and trying to force a trade to a team willing to give him a new contract.
That school of thought feels even stronger with Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reporting that Jenkins will be reporting to Cowboys camp with rookies and injured veterans on Wednesday. Jenkins could be fined $30,000 a day for skipping training camp, numbers that would add up quickly on his $1.052 million salary.
The early report date will give Jenkins a little extra time to work on his injured shoulder in an effort to get cleared for a full return to practice in the near future. The sooner the better for Jenkins on that front as his health is one obstacle standing in the way of a trade to another team at the moment.
The other hurdle is the Cowboys’ repeated denial that they are interested in dealing Jenkins. Given their long-term commitments to Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick, there could be some movement later in camp if another team makes a compelling offer to acquire Jenkins for their secondary.
For now, though, Jenkins remains part of the D in Big D.