Cowboys owner Jerry Jones call CB Mike Jenkins “critical” to the team
Since the second that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called Claiborne’s name, there has been rampant speculation that Jenkins should pack his bags.
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones has stepped up and made it very clear that he still sees Jenkins wearing Cowboy blue.
On the team’s website, Jones called Jenkins “a vital part of our plan . . . a very critical role in what we want to be defensively.”
“Jenkins is not only this year, but a long-term player here as far as I’m concerned,” Jones said Wednesday at the annual Cowboys Golf Classic in nearby Grapevine.
“I think we’ve got the resources to have three top corners, and (Orlando) Scandrick, which in my mind would be a fourth corner,” Jones said. “That area of your money allocation just happens to be an area where if you plan right to get strong at corner and strong with the pass rush, you’re going to spend some money out there.”
Jenkins is only due one million dollars this season so in NFL terms he’s not very expensive at all to keep.
If newcomers Brandon Carr and Claiborne do get their expected starts, they are still two guys that are getting to know DC Rob Ryan’s schemes and tendencies.
Ryan’s packages are often odd with the way he does things, so Jenkins may prove himself to be vital just because he’s spent a season under Ryan and can jump into either the number one or number two spot at a moment’s notice.
It’s extremely doubtful that will happen but depth for depth’s sake is never bad in these injury-plagued times.