Late last week it was reported that the Colts are aggressively pursuing former Pro Bowl cornerback Mike Jenkins from the Dallas Cowboys. While little can be confirmed regarding how much Indianapolis General Manager Ryan Grigson is willing to give to obtain the Cowboys cornerback, ESPN’s John Clayton opines that if Dallas does choose to move Jenkins — he believes they will — it will likely not be until training camp.
If Clayton’s hunch is correct, Colts fans will have to hold out for any movement until August. Needless to say, the downside to waiting for the Colts is losing time to get Jenkins acclimated to Chuck Pagano and Greg Manusky’s defense.
Then again, the Cowboys attempt to drive up Jenkins value by improving their leverage in trade negotiations could back-fire if they wait too long. The sooner a team is able to bring Jenkins into their lockeroom and allow him to start digesting their playbook, the higher the likelihood that the former Pro Bowler will have a successful 2012 campaign. No one know this more than Jenkins, who will likely get more and more vocal about his desire to be traded as time goes on.
If he insists that he will not play for the Cowboys and makes it clear to potential trade partners that he wants out of Dallas, the Cowboys could lose their leverage. This could be good for interested teams like the Colts — as it could allow them to offer less. It could also ultimately force Dallas to cut Jenkins and get nothing.
It will be interesting to see how the situation plays out. In this writer’s opinion, the Cowboys would be wise to keep their media campaign insisting on keeping Jenkins short and loud while actively considering offers in-house. The Colts would be wise to stick to their guns with their trade offer and allow Dallas to sweat it out. The longer it drags on, the better it could be for Indianapolis (financially speaking).