After missing out on both Nnamdi Asomugha and Tracy Porter, the New Orleans Saints are still looking for help to fill out their secondary. The Saints had the worst secondary in the league last season, but with a new defensive coordinator, they are looking to improve. The secondary did, however, get some help when the Saints signed cornerback Keenan Lewis to a multi-year contract. Lewis led the NFL last season in passes defended with 23, and his presence should definitely improve the Saints secondary.
The Saints really coveted Asomugha and Porter, but now they must move on in their attempt to improve the secondary. One player that could be a possibility for the Saints is Dallas Cowboys free agent cornerback Mike Jenkins. Jenkins recently visited the Oakland Raiders, but it was reported that he left without a contract. However, Jenkins is also scheduled to meet with the Buffalo Bills in the near future. If Jenkins does not sign with the Bills, the Saints could make a run at acquiring him.
Jenkins played under Saints’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan last season, and if signed by the Saints, he would already be familiar with the defensive scheme. Last season Jenkins only played in 12 games and had the worst season of his career. He only managed to post 13 tackles and defended three passes, both career lows. However, those numbers could suggest that he is due for a bounce back season, and it could happen with the Saints.
It is well known that Jenkins covets a long-term deal, but with the cold cornerback market and his play last season, that is probably unlikely. If the Saints sign Jenkins, it might be a one or two-year deal. Unfortunately, the Saints currently only have a little over $2 million in cap space, so Jenkins would have to be willing to sign a $2 million contract.
Jenkins could definitely flourish in New Orleans, and one good season could create more opportunity for him down the road. Furthermore, Jenkins could improve the secondary as he is excels in pass coverage and could help stop big plays. The Saints should at least schedule a visit with Jenkins and see if there is any mutual interest.