All the rumors about Mike Jenkins‘ future with the Dallas Cowboys have now culminated to this complete turnaround: the Cowboys are no longer rumored to be trying to trade Jenkins, but instead sign him to a contract extension. What a difference one game makes.
Despite the confirmed reports that Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones fielded calls from other NFL teams about acquiring Jenkins, he and defensive coordinator have been consistent in saying the former Pro Bowler won’t be traded. Not only that, but both men also have been adamant that Jenkins will play a big role in the Cowboys’ defense in the long- and short-term.
It now appears that might be true as an unnamed source at Valley Ranch said Friday Jenkins will likely receive a contract extension from the team if he continues the strong play he showed in the Cowboys’ 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jenkins absolutely blanketed Buccaneers superstar receiver Vincent Jackson in the contest while displaying superior skills that haven’t been seen since his 2009 Pro Bowl campaign.
Take what this source said at face value — it’s a rumor. However, Jenkins has since been asked about the situation after his play against Jackson and his answer should quell any concerns of Cowboys fans:
“It’s not a contract thing right now. I feel like if I go out there and I play every game and every receiver that’s top like that, it’s all going to fall in place. I feel like if I go out there every week and I put that out, somebody’s going to see it and somebody’s going to step up to me. I’m not going to have to say anything. Just let my play speak for itself.”
That’s exactly what the Cowboys need right now — a player who’s putting the team first and not worried about his contract even though he’s in the final year of his rookie deal and he’s battling three other players for depth chart supremacy. If he continues to play like he did against Tampa Bay, Jenkins will be well taken care of. Well, he should be well taken care of, but with rumors and facts alike, what the Cowboys should do and what the team team actually does are often two different things.