Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 1/30/13

The Dallas Cowboys signed and drafted two cornerbacks who pretty much started every game in 2012. Former first rounder Mike Jenkins was moved to the slot and became a forgotten man in the Dallas secondary. Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, the Cowboys are reportedly willing to let him walk.  Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports Jenkins wants a starting role. But with Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, he won’t see it in Dallas. And as Archer points out, this is more about Jenkins testing the market for being a starter than the Cowboys looking to bring him back. In 2011, Jenkins allowed just 51.9% completions to wide receivers he covered. For comparison, Falcons’s franchise corner Brent Grimes was a 50.8% the same season. Jenkins was hampered by injuries and has shown he has the ability to start in the NFL. Given that he attended the University of South Florida, will he not ask for much to play with the Bucs? Will Tampa Bay even look his way during free agency? Let’s say they do, the Buccaneers can get him at an affordable price. Perhaps even include performance based incentives in his contract. Either way, they need to address the cornerback position. With shades of promise from Leonard Johnson and Anthony Gaitor, there are still many questions and not much optimism for the group. The list of free agent corners this offseason contains several serviceable names including Jenkins and Derek Cox. Why am I mentioning Cox? It was reported Wednesday that Tampa Bay hired Jaguars secondary coach Tony Oden, who coached Cox last season. And since I was talking percentages earlier, Cox allowed a 39% receivers completion rate in 2011. How good is that? Darrelle Revis allowed a 43.2% completion rate. Not only can the Buccaneers acquire Mike Jenkins at a low rate, Derek Cox can be had for an even cheaper rate as well. That is, if they choose to. (Photo credit: US Presswire) The post Cowboys to let Mike Jenkins walk. Will the Bucs target him? appeared first on The Bay Cave.

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