NFL Offseason: Why the Cowboys Should Consider Declining Colts Offer for Jenkins
John Clayton of ESPN has recently reported that the Indianapolis Colts desire the disgruntled Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins. Jenkins is currently in the final year of his contract, and the Colts are in a desperate need to rebuild their roster.
On the surface it seems as though only a general manager (or in this case Jerry Jones) possessing an IQ similar to that of plankton would decline a trade. The Cowboys would be able to dump Mike Jenkins and might be able to recoup by requesting future Colts draft picks. But that's not the case (it should be noted that we have no idea what the offers have been made to the Cowboys, and so this is all speculation).
There are a few reasons why the Cowboys have not decided to trade with the Colts yet. One factor that comes to mind is that Mike Jenkins is in the final year of his contract. By virtue of being in the final year of his contract, that entails that the Cowboys are in a less favorable bargaining position for such a trade. Being in a such a spot means that the Cowboys cannot request much in return from the Colts, especially when the Colts currently don't have any assets that the Cowboys desire (other than future draft picks).
Another factor to take into consideration for the Cowboys is that they are currently trying to get back into the postseason and trading a decent cornerback in an already suspect secondary could set the team back. This factor is further amplified in importance when taking into account Jerry Jones's comment that the window is closing.
In my opinion, all the Colts have to offer are draft picks. On the surface, this sounds good, but as everybody knows, the draft is a bit of a crapshoot. No matter the amount of scouting that goes into drafting a player, there is always a chance that the player will not pan out.
Should the Cowboys trade Jenkins?
Case in point, JaMarcus Russell. With a cannon for an arm, Russell was one of the best quarterback prospects in a long time, based solely on talent. As we all know, he did not pan out. Whether it was from his love of the Houston delicacy "purple drank," his lack of effort, a combination of both of those factors, or something else, is unknown and unquantifiable.
One final factor to take into account is the message that such a trade has for the Cowboys. It would signal to the Cowboys players and the rest of the league that they are admitting that they have no chance of winning and are giving up, even though Dallas has a chance to make the 2012 playoffs.
That is not exactly a good morale boost because this entire trade hinges on a basic assumption that Mike Jenkins won't return to the Cowboys, even if they achieve great success this season reminiscent of the 2007 campaign in the regular season.
With all of those negative factors added up, the only way the Cowboys would agree to such a trade is if the Colts' offer is so incredible and desperate that they would have no choice but to accept. Excluding such an unlikely scenario, the Cowboys should hold onto Mike Jenkins.
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