Dallas Cowboys defensive back Mike Jenkins was activated off of the PUP-list following off-season shoulder surgery and has begun practicing with the team.
Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones is anxious to see how the Cowboys will use Jenkins alongside Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr. Jones also says he’s been impressed with Jenkins and that he’s looked as good as ever.
“He’s impressive,” Jones said. “He’s looked really good at the practices he’s been out there. He moved around good. Boy, you just don’t lose it, you can see it when one of those top ones get out there.”
This could be smoke and mirrors from Jones or maybe Jenkins has been impressive; nonetheless, the time to pull the trigger on a Jenkins trade is now.
The timing is perfect for the Cowboys to move Jenkins because he’s in the last year of his contract and has allegedly expressed a desire to test free agency after the season.
There are teams who need help in the secondary; one in particular is the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons lost their best corner, Brent Grimes, to a torn Achilles tendon in Sunday’s win over the Chiefs and may be forced to look for reinforcements in the secondary considering that their next opponent is Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
The Cowboys should at least put out a feeler and see what kind of return they can get for Jenkins. I expect there to be a lot of interest from Atlanta, given that they have the high-powered New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and the retooled Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the division.
One thing’s for sure, the Falcons organization hasn’t been afraid to move draft picks for players they value. I would imagine that their interest in Jenkins will peak if Manning picks their secondary apart, not to mention that players rarely return to form following Achilles tendon injuries.
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