Once again the rumor mill is churning up big names in connection with the Washington Redskins and their needs in the secondary. Mike Jenkins has made it known that he wants to be traded out of Dallas, but no team has offered the right deal yet. At this point it appears that Jenkins will be spending this season as a Cowboy, but that can always change.
Jenkins is heading into the final year of his rookie contract and does not appear to have a long-term future in Dallas. After being selected 25th overall in 2008, Jenkins appeared to be an immediate solution for the Cowboys. In 2009, Jenkins was selected to the Pro Bowl, but has struggled to return to elite form since.
This offseason the Cowboys made moves to shore up their secondary by bringing in Brodney Pool, Brandon Carr and drafting Morris Claiborne. After drafting Claiborne at sixth overall and signing Carr to a massive contract, Jenkins appears to be sliding down the depth chart and looking for a new home.
While Jenkins has the talent to help the Redskins out, he is does not belong in Washington for several reasons. First, Jenkins will be heading into the final year of his contract and will be looking for an expensive extension. The salary-cap penalties imposed by Roger Goodell make it an unwise choice to invest tons of money in an unproven player.
Next, Jenkins has been on the decline for the past two seasons. Between injuries and subpar play, Jenkins has become an average corner who wishes to be treated (and paid) like an elite corner. Until Jenkins can show consistency in his health and play, he'll receive neither.
Between the financial implications, the resources needed to acquire Jenkins and his inconsistent play, Jenkins is a mistake waiting to happen. Washington would be wise to steer clear of this once-upon-a-time star and focus on developing their own talent.