According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Oakland Raiders have just agreed to terms with free agent cornerback, Mike Jenkins.
The move was expected by Raiders fans upon the dismissal of linebacker Rolando McClain. Jenkins will start opposite of newly signed Tracy Porter. At 28, Jenkins was a pro-bowler in 2009 but has steadily declined since then. Due to injuries in 2011, Jenkins was buried in the Dallas Cowboys depth chart behind Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne.
The move likely defeats any notion of Oakland using an early draft pick on a corner. Both Porter and Jenkins saw their numbers decline in 2012, quite possibly due to injury. Either way, both Porter and Jenkins have been heavily scrutinized for being ‘burn’ victims.
While young, it isn’t far-fetched to believe both players have a pretty big chip on their shoulders. Both were ousted from starting positions last season and are hopefully looking to re-claim success that they had in earlier years.
In Jenkins pro-bowl 2009 season, he accumulated: six interceptions, 20 passes defended and only allowed a 48.7 catch percentage through being targeted 115 times. Likely on a budget contract, if Oakland can catch a glimpse of the 2009 Jenkins — this signing will be a big success.
Although Jenkins earning the number two cornerback spot is almost a given, its not entirely a sure thing. He will have to outperform Patrick Lee in training camp for the position.
You have to give it to G.M. Reggie McKenzie, he has completed almost all of the Raiders off-season objective list. Get rid of burdening contracts: check. Trade Carson Palmer for draft picks: check. Do away with a disgruntled player in McClain: check. Find two new cornerbacks: check. Sign new players to bargain type rates: check.
With Oakland set to have around $70 million in cap space in 2014, McKenzie is showing Raiders fans his worth.