Dallas Cowboys Need to Trade Cornerback Mike Jenkins

Mitchell Klemp@@MeestaMitchContributor IIJune 4, 2012

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 17:  Cornerback Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys stretches during warmups against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Reports keep coming out that Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones will not trade Mike Jenkins. He has even turned away four teams that are interested in acquiring the corner.

The possibility of one of these trades making an immediate impact on the roster is in the realm of slim to none. Jones doesn’t need to give Jenkins away for nothing, but he does need to look at the long term.

Trading Jenkins became a possibility after the Cowboys made a blockbuster deal to draft Morris Claiborne. Before the draft the Cowboys had signed former Kansas City Chiefs corner Brandon Carr.

The Carr signing dropped Jenkins to fight with Orlando Scandrick for the second starter position. Drafting Claiborne now has Jenkins and Scandrick fighting for who gets the nickel and dime corner spots.

Since Scandrick signed a six year extension last season, it doesn’t look like he will be taking the lesser amount of playing time.

The reason Jones needs to listen to trades is because if Jenkins walks, they get nothing out of it except the possibility of a compensatory pick. Chances are if they get the compensatory pick, it won’t be higher than a sixth round pick.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 05: Orlando Scandrick #32 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with Mike Jenkins after scoring a touchdown after an interception against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Ph
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If the Cowboys can secure a fifth or sixth round pick for sure, there is no reason to take the risk that it might be a seventh round choice.

The best chance to move Jenkins will be after training camp starts and injuries start to pile up on other teams. There is no need to pull a trigger on a trade now, but the lines of communication need to stay open.

If the front office for the Cowboys keep saying there is no possibility of trading Jenkins, then some teams will stop asking. If Dallas has to go pursue trade partners, they lose a little leverage in the trade talks.

Acquiring a draft pick or picks in the trade would help restock a team that has been criticized for its depth many times. In the end, trading Jenkins is the only move that truly makes sense. It should just be a matter of when will the trade take place and not if.

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