The former 2008 first-round pick (No. 25 overall) out of South Florida is “getting interest” from multiple teams around the league heading into 2013 NFL Free Agency, Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reported Friday evening.
And as Watkins notes, “Dallas is not interested” in signing the impending free agent to a new contract.
Jenkins has played in 71 games (48 starts) and registered 161 tackles with eight interceptions (returned for 22 yards and a touchdown) and a forced fumble in five seasons with the Cowboys. The 5-10, 198-pound cornerback missed just five starts from 2009-2011, but was relegated to reserve role in 2012 with the additions of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne.
After signing a five-year, $50.1 million deal last March, Carr totaled 53 tackles with three interceptions in his first year in Dallas. Carr also hasn’t missed a single start since entering the NFL as a fifth-round pick (No. 140 overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs out of Grand Valley State in 2008. Claiborne was selected with the sixth overall pick by the ‘Boys last April. Though he got off to a rough start in the first week of training camp, he had a strong rookie season—registering 55 tackles with an interception and forced fumble in 15 games (all starts).
Jenkins, who turns 28 later this month, totaled just 14 tackles in 13 games (two starts) in 2012, but the Neuenburg, Germany native should compete for the starting job with another team this offseason.
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