Report: Dallas Cowboys Working on Long-Term Deal for CB Mike Jenkins

Jeffrey SchmidtCorrespondent IIIMarch 28, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas is reporting that cornerback Mike Jenkins’ agent Drew Rosenhaus has approached the Dallas Cowboys about a long-term contract extension. 

Jenkins was drafted by the Cowboys in the first round (25th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and had a great start to his career, but he has been somewhat of a disappointment as of late due to nagging injuries that have limited him from his full potential.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday afternoon that the team values Jenkins "we like him," but you can't pay everybody, at least right now. Jenkins is in the final year of his rookie contract and he is set to make a base salary of $1.05 million this season.   

Jenkins shared the team lead in pass breakups (10) and finished with just one interception in 2011, but his best season came in 2009, when he finished the season with five interceptions, 49 total tackles and was selected as an alternate to the 2010 Pro Bowl.  

The Cowboys have their best looking secondary in years after the team singed Brandon Carr, and the combination of Carr and Jenkins should blossom into a dynamic duo if Jenkins can stay healthy. Both guys excel as cover corners, and they both have the ability to lock wide receivers down in man to man press coverage.

The Cowboys also have Orlando Sandrick to take on slot receivers, which on paper makes this one of the league's best trio's at the position.