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Mike Jenkins visiting Bucs on Monday

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The Buccaneers have been active at cornerback since free agency opened by ditching Darrelle Revis and signing Alterraun Verner, but there may be more moves in the works at the position.

Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports reports that veteran corner Mike Jenkins is visiting with the Buccaneers on Monday. The Bucs are inexperienced and thin at corner behind Verner and Johnthan Banks, which makes their interest in Jenkins easy to understand.

Jenkins played in Oakland last year after finishing up a five-year run with the Cowboys that started when Dallas made Jenkins a first-round pick in 2008. Jenkins started 15 games in 2013, making 65 tackles, picking off two passes and forcing a fumble for the Raiders. He has 63 starts in the NFL overall and, at 29, still has the ability to be a helpful player if not quite the one the Cowboys thought they were getting in the first round.

The Buccaneers stayed busy over the weekend, adding guard Oniel Cousins and linebacker Dane Fletcher to their free agent haul. It’s clear that new General Manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith want to make big changes to the Bucs in their first offseason and they’ve accomplished that whether or not Jenkins decides to join the party.

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12 Responses to “Mike Jenkins visiting Bucs on Monday”
  1. ssac3408 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:26 PM

    Started 15 games in 2003?

  2. redsoxchamp11 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:33 PM

    I think you forgot to completely omit that fact that he played in Tampa under the tampa2 scheme that USF ran under Levit and got him draft in the first round. Just saying…

  3. ccjcsr says: Mar 17, 2014 1:38 PM

    Ashame, had soo much promise just couldn’t stay healthy

  4. cuda1234 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:54 PM

    File this under homecomings as Jenkins played his college ball in Tampa.

    And whatever happened to Jim Leavitt, anyway? Dude was a good coach and just disappeared.

  5. abqpacker says: Mar 17, 2014 2:03 PM

    A Cowboy first-round pick who didn’t live up to expectations? Is that the first one?

  6. bucsfan21 says: Mar 17, 2014 2:08 PM

    Leavitt was accused of striking a player at halftime, and was fired. Good coach. Not sure if the story was ever proved to be true, but I believe he tried to cover it up…

    Would love to see Mike Jenkins in Tampa. He can play the Cover 2, and we need the depth.

  7. nate0910 says: Mar 17, 2014 2:10 PM

    Leavitt is the Linebacker coach for the 49ers

  8. r8rsfan says: Mar 17, 2014 2:16 PM

    Inconsistent. And gambles too much.

  9. 69finfan says: Mar 17, 2014 2:40 PM

    Jim Leavitt was fired because he had dirt on then AD, Doug Woolard for an inpropriety by Woolard regarding a basketball recruit, that Leavitt was going to the USF Board on. The most telling piece of information is that 1 year after he was fired USF settled with him on his Wrongfull Termination lawsuit for 2.75 million. Go Bulls

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 17, 2014 2:56 PM

    His numbers last year weren’t bad. If he played like that in 2012 and 2011 he would still be in Dallas. So why are the Raiders letting him go?

  11. labucs says: Mar 18, 2014 12:23 AM

    This is getting weird. All new players, new uniforms. It’s like the Bucs left and we’re getting an expansion team.

  12. tjbucs says: Mar 18, 2014 11:42 AM

    Time for these changes is way overdue. Too many slackers on this team that need to go.

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