The Dallas Cowboys traded up in the 2012 NFL Draft to acquire LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. Claiborne filled a huge need in the team’s secondary, but his selection has upset another defensive back on the team, Mike Jenkins, who now plans to boycott OTA’s and request a trade from the team.
Not only did the Cowboys add Claiborne through the draft, but they signed Brandon Carr to a huge free agent deal. The two acquisitions have made Jenkins fall from a Pro Bowl talent starting cornerback to a backup.
The Cowboys have also signed Orlando Scandrick, the team’s slot corner, to a long-term deal, so Jenkins is more than expendable.
While the Cowboys can afford to lose Jenkins and he has shown his desire to move on from the team, owner Jerry Jones has publicly stated that he has no intentions or desire to trade his former Pro Bowl corner.
“He’s a vital part of our plan,” Jones said. “We know that we’ve got a situation where we can identify what we are on defense by having three corners in there a lot I see short-term and long-term with Jenkins. We’ve also got Scandrick, we got some room if somebody gets nicked not to have to adjust. We can come out there and spend some time really utilizing where we are at corner. The decision to bring Claiborne in was a big part of that. There’s no interest on my part at all of trading Jenkins. None.”
No matter what happens on the Jenkins front, we know that the Cowboys will have a much improved, new look secondary in 2012.