Back in 2008, a lot of Tampa Bay fans wanted the Buccaneers to draft cornerback Mike Jenkins.
He was a local product, coming out of nearby Bradenton and playing at the University of South Florida. The Bucs had a need at cornerback that year.
But the team of coach Jon Gruden and GM Bruce Allen had their eyes on another cornerback and used their first-round draft pick on Aqib Talib. Jenkins wound up getting drafted by Dallas.
Now, there is again the possibility that Jenkins could join the Buccaneers. He’s making a free-agent visit to the team Monday. Tampa Bay has Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks, but could use a strong third corner.
Jenkins, who spent five years in Dallas before going to Oakland last season, hasn’t had the kind of career many expected. But Jenkins could be a nice role player as the third cornerback in Tampa Bay.