ESPN has been reporting all morning that the Cowboys are now shopping cornerback Mike Jenkins. Jenkins has become the odd man out with Claiborne and Carr leapfrogging him on the depth chart.
Jenkins is currently entering the final year of his 5 year/$10 million contract. He is only 27 and was the 25th pick overall in 2008. At the combine, he ran a 4.38 and was considered one of the top corners.
Lets get to the obvious, the Vikings need a corner. Jenkins is good in man coverage and is young enough to fit this teams long term plans. No one really has floated out there what it would take to get Jenkins, but I would imagine our 4th or 5th round pick would suffice.
Here is the ESPN Insider scouting report on Jenkins:
COMMENT: Jenkins is an excellent complement to Terence Newman as a perimeter defender. He has good size with excellent athleticism and deceptive strength for the position. He has great foot quickness, speed and agility to be effective on an island. He is a solid reactor and showed natural instincts to leverage receivers in both zone and man schemes. Jenkins has become more physical rerouting receivers in press man coverage as well as in run support. He is a good open-field tackler in run support, showing great balance and agility in space. Jenkins should continue to play at a high level for the Dallas secondary in 2011.
This has already been one of the most intriguing drafts in recent Vikings history. If Spielman can somehow swap a late round pick for Jenkins, it will only make his legend grow.