Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said he wanted a strong finish to free agency and the Bucs have obliged by adding a cornerback to go with Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks.
The Buccaneers have announced that they have reached agreement on a contract with cornerback Mike Jenkins. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that it is a one-year deal, $1.5 million deal for the former Raider and Cowboy with another $500,000 available in incentives.
The move to Tampa also offers Jenkins a chance to get back to some of the defensive schemes that served him well enough at South Florida to become a first-round pick of the Cowboys. While Smith has made it clear that the Bucs won’t be all about the Tampa Two, Jenkins’ familiarity with the principles probably didn’t hurt him when he met with the Bucs.
Jenkins is the 11th free agent from outside the organization to sign with the Buccaneers since free agency opened last week. The team is expected to keep looking for help at wide receiver as they turn over the roster from the Greg Schiano/Mark Dominik era.