Cowboys still treading lightly with Jenkins

Posted June 16, 2012 @ 2:11 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

A personnel man from another NFL team shared a theory on why the Cowboys have not shown displeasure with CB Mike Jenkins, who reportedly is being difficult regarding his rehab from shoulder surgery and his place on the team.

“They either still like him to be on the roster or they want to trade him, simple as that,” the NFL personnel employee said. Not being at Valley Ranch, he cannot say for certain what the Cowboys’ plans are, naturally. But the working theory makes plenty of sense when you see how outwardly difficult Jenkins appears to be acting toward his current employer.

Jenkins first was upset when the Cowboys traded up to draft CB Morris Claiborne, and when the team asked Jenkins to rehab closer to the team in Dallas and not at his home in Florida for the majority of the offseason, Jenkins stonewalled them. He also reportedly refused to share his medical records with the Cowboys, but owner Jerry Jones said he has seen Jenkins’ full health records. Jones has denied any issues with Jenkins and says the team is not trading him.

The Cowboys say that the most likely plan of action is to place Jenkins on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp and activate him when he’s ruled healthy. His best chance of getting on the field in Dallas is likely as the team’s nickel back, but the NFL personnel source doesn’t believe that’s ultimately his fate.

“(The Cowboys) tried to trade him during the draft, and I think they’re going to try again. (They’ll) wait until camp when (other cornerbacks) start getting hurt. That would be my best guess,” he said.