According to sources, the Cowboys were open to a trading for Jenkins, while also knowing they needed as many cornerbacks as possible after having to use Alan Ball and Frank Walker more than they wanted in 2011.
New secondary coach Jerome Henderson spoke with Jenkins after Dallas drafted Claiborne.
“I’ll keep that conversation between Mike and I,” Henderson said. “It was a personal conversation and it was me speaking to him, both as a coach and also just a guy who’s played in the league and been through some things … We had a real good conversation.”
Jenkins is rehabilitating from reconstructive shoulder surgery and is expected to be ready for the beginning of training camp. He is entering the final year of his contract.
“Mike Jenkins gave me everything he can,” defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. “He had a blown shoulder. He had everything going on. He played his heart out. But half the games he wasn’t there, which is unfortunate, because he’s a super talented guy. I think we were banged up there at that position. We had every kid on our roster playing corner for us. We’ve got obviously two fantastic players to help us, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do.”