Mike Jenkins expected at Cowboys camp on Wednesday

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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.

10 responses to “Mike Jenkins expected at Cowboys camp on Wednesday

  1. You can never have enough corners. If he can prove to be healthy, it might make sense to sign him to an extension if he is willing. Not sure Claiborne will be ready to go as a starter on Week 1. Pay him for a year or two and make sure your “backup plan” is ready to go.

  2. Why aren’t the Lions blowing up the phones at Valley Ranch as we speak? You cut a corner, you need a corner, Dallas has a corner! Besides, even if you have to overpay, look at it this way, you already fleeced Jones and Co. with the Roy Williams deal a few years back!

  3. Look at what is happening now with Dez, one DB goes down to injuries, dwi or bar fight and they will be glad they kept him and not traded him away for what a 5th round pick?

    Now if you have a under 30 #2 WR you will trade for him or 3rd pick, well maybe JJ should trade him.

  4. Given the news of the day, a Jenkins for Burleson deal seems like a win-win proposition. Lions are going to need a 2nd (and 3rd and 4th) CB in the NFC North, and the Cowboys could use a 3rd WR (or a #2 if Dez sees any suspensoin time).
    2012 salary numbers are similar ($1.052M for Jenkins, $875k for Burleson). Burleson has an additional 2 years on his contact, but those are at untenable numbers (>$4M per) for someone of his production.
    Since Jenkins has only 1 yr left, both teams would be plugging immediate holes with short-term answers.

  5. 55.52% of working Americans make less than $30,000 annually.

    Just to put NFL salary numbers in perspective.

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