Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) celebrates a turnover against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

CB Mike Jenkins Offered Contract By Jaguars, Checks Other Options

Part of being a 2-14 team is being rejected.  After coming off such a slump of a season, the Jacksonville Jaguars simply don’t command the same amount of respect and same amount of influence that they once had.  It has been a number of years since the Jags were legitimately good but the team used to market itself as being just a couple pieces away.  Everyone knows the Jaguars are a complete rebuilding effort now.

Cornerback Mike Jenkins knows it and he’s taking the Jaguars’ contract offer and looking at other teams.  Most notably, the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders appear to be in the running.  If Jenkins is looking for a competitor, he likely won’t find one in either of those teams.

While I understand that he wants to check his other options and find out his real market value, you have to wonder why Jenkins is leaving Jacksonville to look around.  I’ve heard comments from Jags fans ranging from “he doesn’t want to be here” to “he just isn’t as excited as everyone else.”  Some have even gone as far as saying they don’t want Jenkins because he is checking his other options.  Based on what we know of owner Shahid Khan, I think it’s going down a little differently.

Khan told head coach Gus Bradley and GM Dave Caldwell to check their other options before he hired them.  He made sure they didn’t feel pressured to come to Jacksonville.  He made sure that this was the decision they wanted to make.  That process may be making its way through the entire culture of the Jacksonville Jaguars.  We know Jenkins has his offer in hand and we know he’s visiting with other teams, but the Jaguars may be fine with that.  They know they are thin at defensive back, but Jenkins won’t be a major problem solver even if he walks.

We’ll have to see how Jenkins takes his free agency tour, but I think he’s coming back to Jacksonville.  If he doesn’t, then he doesn’t and the Jags are no worse off than they would have been had the one-time Pro Bowler come to Jacksonville.

- Luke N. Sims

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  • chas territo

    bills would be a good place o go. GO BILLS!!

    • LukeNSims

      We’ll just have to see where he goes.

  • vallenii

    Spot on Luke. states …”Mike Jenkins has talent, but he’s a head case who hasn’t put it together yet.”

    • LukeNSims

      If he comes back to the Jags I hope he puts it together. I think he’ll do better in a press coverage/physical defense than he did in the softer zone coverage in Dallas.

      • Jeff Cook

        Its just the opposite LukeNSims in Dallas he had to play press coverage and that is where he struggled he wasnt physical enough to handle bigger WRs he would be much better in a soft zone

        • LukeNSims

          Wade Phillips (who designed Jenkins’ defense from ’08-’10) frequently employed quarters or cover eight defense, relying on reactive plays and not on jamming or playing physically. You don’t need to look any further than Houston’s defense as well to see he is still employing the tactic and his corners are about eight yards deep.

          Rob Ryan, I admit, has used press in his defenses but is so concerned with disguising his coverages and movement that to call it “physical” on the outside would be inaccurate. Ryan was more of a schematic man than he was a press and let play type guy, resulting in a concern more for the development of the scheme than of the play.

          Bradley’s scheme should allow Jenkins (if he signs with the Jaguars) to play a bit more on his own. We’ll get a more accurate measurement of his ability in press if he plays in press coverage with less scheme and less help.

  • Jeff Cook

    I am a huge Cowboy fan and as long as Jenkins signs with anyone but the Cowboys I will be very HAPPY

    • LukeNSims

      So long as he’s not expensive, he can come here.