Raiders, Mike Jenkins agree to terms

AP

The Raiders, in a move that helps bolster their cornerback ranks, have agreed to a contract with Mike Jenkins, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday night.

Jenkins was a regular starter in three of his five seasons in Dallas, but not in 2012, when Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr played ahead of him.  The 28-year-old Jenkins has intercepted eight passes and made 48 starts since entering the NFL in 2008.

The Raiders, who had to scramble at cornerback a season ago because of injuries, have added some new faces at the position in the last week, first bringing in Tracy Porter and now agreeing with Jenkins, a 2008 first-rounder of Dallas.

Jenkins was No. 55 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.

48 responses to “Raiders, Mike Jenkins agree to terms

  1. Cowboys fan here, and I can tell you that before Dallas got Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne last year, Mike Jenkins was our best cover corner. He’s particularly good covering the deep ball.

    People make a big deal about the one highlight that was played over and over in which he steps out of the way of a tackle, and he was rightly lambasted for that. But honestly, he can tackle, too.

    Just don’t try to play him in the slot.

  2. Jenkins in his rookie year looked better than Claiborne in his rookie year. Jury’s still out on Claiborne in my eyes but I always thought Jenkins was a solid corner in the NFL.

    Reminded me more of a Kevin Smith than a Dion Sanders who was a silent yet productive corner in Big D.

  3. as an eagles fan, I’m glad to see him go. He’s the type of player who didnt always seem focused.. but when he was.. watch out. He has the natural ability to be really good. Hopefully he reaches that potential. I’m just glad it didn’t happen in Dallas.

  4. Hey this defense may have a bunch of no names/cast offs, but it can’t be any worse than last years defense. If the Raiders can find their running game again, maybe they can surprise some people.

  5. Between him, Porter, and Adams (assuming he can continue to develop) we actually might be decent at corner this year. Now add a beast up front in the draft.

  6. Porter and Jenkins, two legit starting caliber CB’s. Atta boy Reg.

    The defensive overhaul is rounding into shape. Still need a DT and FS.

  7. Reggie’s at it again. . .

    Another quality signing at a bargain price. Imagine what McKenzie can do with some cap room and a full array of draft picks.

  8. Sad….he has so much potential …..he just avoids contact at all times…and is good at sleeping through meetings….just not a guy a team can rely on. When you look at Felix Jones, Marty Bennett and Jenkins pre -draft projections…they all say big upside …….but…..come with baggage . Too bad the baggage far outweighed the production.

  9. I thought he was a disappointment in dallas. Guess i was wrong.
    This may be the first FA “get” Reggie has gotten. Name guy who has youth, potential and options.
    I’m going to tell you all the same thing i’ve been telling all the “sky is falling” Ravens fans aound here. Trust your GM, he has a plan.

  10. I am really amused by the revisionist history being displayed by Jenkins’ supporters. As a Cowboy fan who has seen every game that Jenkins has played, trust me, he’s nothing special. Players who progressively get worse instead of better, shy away from contact, aren’t team players, and get injured easily aren’t usually regarded with such high acclaim. As dumb as the Cowboys have been in recent years with their personnel decisions, at least one organization, the Raiders, have been consistently worse. They just proved it again….

  11. Solid move for the Raiders. You guys may well be back in a year or so if this keeps up.
    Playing Peyton Manning throwing to his three stud receivers twice a year means you need corners.
    If Dmac can keep opposing QB’s off the field this team may sneak up on people.

  12. C’mon, get excited for 5-11 raider fan! That’s pretty cool huh, signing a low tier 2 cb??

    At least you can cross your fingers for the next two drafts to produce a legit team….

  13. I’m calling free agency a success at this point. Now if Reggie can drop down in the first round, pick up a second they will be talking up the Raiders off-season moves all summer and well into the season. RAIDER NATION!!!!

  14. I am reading a lot of “if’s” every time the Raiders sign someone. The key is to have a couple of those “if”s” pay off.

    I am not mailing in the season, but I have to say that the Rutter-less ship has been placed in dry dock and is building a support system to get that rutter turning again.

    Keep it up Reggie…
    Win, Lose, or Tie…. Raider Till I Die….

  15. It’s still spring time but, on paper, going from Spencer and Bartell as your starting CBs to Jenkins and Porter is an upgrade.

    Dennis Allen gets no mercy when it comes to the secondary. That should be the strength of the team no matter what the talent looks like. Get another safety and let’s build this thing.

  16. Reggie Mckenzie and Dennis Allen are the real deal,a dynasty is being built before our eyes. With two good corners, 7 wins + doesnt seem too far fetch. The future is going to be great.

  17. Just the pickup I like. Washed up gamble. Keep foolin em Reggie. The path to 2-14 lies straight ahead. I can’t wait to hear who they trade the 3rd pick to. Then hear about who trades up to get Clowney…….2019 Super Bowl Champ Oakland Alameda County Raiders!!!!

  18. Ignorance is bliss! For all u ignorant morons constantly complaining and whining about the way Reggie McKenzie patiently and methodically goes about his business…..welcome to the current nfl and welcome to the post Al Davis era!

  19. Sweet, hope McKenzie gets to eventually build a mean, and nasty defense. Go Raids!

    Clown for Clowney ’13

  20. I’m a Chiefs fan. I think it’s a good pick up and the Raiders look like they’re doing well with what they have to work with. like the Chiefs, they look like they’re building against Manning being in our division now.

  21. He’s a good cornerback that’s capable enough of staring for many teams in the NFL. I wonder how the season would have turned out for Dallas if they would have used those two picks on offensive linemen. But Jerry has his ego and had to make a trade to get all the attention on himself and it’s now likely that only one draft pick, Orlando Scandrick, will remain from the 2008 draft class. Felix Jones was also drafted in the first round by the Cowboys the same year and has not signed yet with anyone. Someone get this team a real GM please!!!

  22. This is a great signing for the Raiders. The best FA signing for them this offseason. Not so sure about Porter with his injury potential tho.

    I wonder if the contract is another one year McKenzie special?

  23. News flash to all you dorks that jump on here the second the Raiders sign someone to talk about how lousy a signing it is… none of this means anything.
    In recent memory, none of these so-called “big name” free agents has done JACK SHIZZLE. Even Lord Peyton did his usual quick exit from the playoffs.
    You know why? Because this isn’t Madden. You don’t just “add that missing piece” – it actually takes a team, a plan, a system. Look at who the Pack, the Pats, the Ravens, the Steelers, etc. have signed… no-name role players. We need to draft some real football players, build it the hard way, then enjoy.
    It’s just gonna take a couple years of listening to these dimwits, but it will be so very worth it.

  24. I’m confused … you know this guy could not crack the starting lineup with a defence which basically gave up the same passing yardage as the Raiders.

    Let’s hope Reggie didn’t pay more than Asomugha’s one-year deal with the 49ers which has a base value of a $1.35 million contract.

    It’s funny all the Raiders players that left the team are making peanuts with their new teams compared to what Al was paying them.

    The other NFL owners must be happy now … no more crazy Al Davis contracts … players salaries are going down.

  25. My Jags are gonna shock the world by fielding a defensive formation that had zero CBs on the field. I think we have free agent kryptonite.

  26. Don’t want to burst Raiders fans’ bubble, but signing Jenkins is not a good thing. Like a lot have said here he had all the potential in the world, but let his head get in the way. He made all the wrong moves last year. He and Anthony Spencer were both in a contract year. Jenkins had offseason surgery and because he was upset he wasn’t given an extension he stayed away from the team and rehabbed on his own. He didn’t come into camp ready to go so he slipped on the depth chart, which added fuel to the fire. Spencer played his butt off, go franchised again for big bucks and Jenkins hit the market. He was all about “getting me my money”.

    And yeah, he was our best CB until Carr and Claiborne came along, but that’s like saying the fat chick is the hottest chick in class when she is the only one.

    Hope he plays well for ya, but don’t hold your breath.

  27. The short version is Larry Brown 2.0 minus the Super Bowl MVP trophy.

    Remember him, Raider Nation?

  28. As a Cowboys fan, you guys are getting a good player. He get’s a bum wrap for being scared to tackle, which really isn’t true. He made a “business decision” to not go head up with a guy, but other than that…and since then, he’s never been scared to stick his nose in there.

    I like Mo and Carr better, and Jenks isn’t really quick enough to play the slot, but you guys are getting a good player. Dallas just didn’t like the way he handled his injury by never showing up to Valley Ranch all offseason and rehabbing in florida.

  29. As a cowboy fan I am sorry to see him leave I would be happy to see him scandrick and Claiborne on my squad but what ever. This guy had one bad year but a solid year and a pro bowl year. He showed a ton of toughness in 2011 playing at a high level while having multiple injuries the raiders got a great corner

  30. He reminds me a lot of Deangelo Hall. Great natural ability and a big time momentum player. But when that momentum isn’t go their way, their head gets out of it and so does their play. Had he gone to a better team, or at least one in a better current situation, I think he could have been a top corner in this league. In Oakland, i think he’s destined for mediocrity before leaving in 3 years…

  31. Boys fan here. Happy For Jenks! Biggest issue for him is his health. He is a gamer and I hope he does play well. Only issue we had with him was there were times he was a shut down corner and there were times he was nowhere to be seen. I think one of hiis biggest problems was our ex DC…that large blowhard who now resides in New Orleans.

  32. the guy is expendable, thats why hes gone. hes a bum, and is terrible at covering the deep pass. screw being scared to tackle, this guy is too scared to defend. i dont know how many times this guy got a pass interference call on him instead of just playing his position. he was just the crappy car dallas drove until they saved enough for the cadillac.

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