Dallas owner/GM Jerry Jones said he has no plans to trade cornerback Mike Jenkins despite speculation that Jenkins’ days in Dallas were numbered after the Cowboys traded up in the first round to select Morris Claiborne, the consensus top defensive player in this year’s draft according to Rob Phillips of Dallascowboys.com.
Jones called Jenkins, a 2008 first-round pick who’s entering the final year of his contract, “a vital part of our plan . . . a very critical role in what we want to be defensively.”
“Jenkins is not only this year, but a long-term player here as far as I’m concerned,” Jones said Wednesday at the annual Cowboys Golf Classic in nearby Grapevine.
Jones says having four solid corners is a necessity against today’s influx of spread offenses.
“I think we’ve got the resources to have three top corners, and (Orlando) Scandrick, which in my mind would be a fourth corner,” Jones said. “That area of your money allocation just happens to be an area where if you plan right to get strong at corner and strong with the pass rush, you’re going to spend some money out there.”