As he has publicly insisted, Dallas owner/general manager Jerry Jones has no intention of trading veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins, even with the offseason additions of Claiborne in the draft and pricey free agent Brandon Carr.
The rationale of Jones, Dallas officials told The Sports Xchange, is that the $1.05 million salary Jenkins will make in 2012 is still a palatable price to pay for a projected No. 3 cornerback in a league where you need at least three top-shelf corners.
Even if it means that Jenkins departs as a free agent next spring and the team gets nothing in return. At least two teams, in addition to the trade inquiries made by Indianapolis and Detroit, have made overtures about Jenkins since the draft, and been rebuffed. The Dallas source even discounted reports that Jenkins will be dealt much closer to the openings of training camps.