Past business usually results in present business. While the Dallas Cowboys didn't get much out of Roy Williams, they might find a nice deal worth exploring with the Detroit Lions about corner Mike Jenkins?
Stubbornness of Jerry Jones tolerated while Jenkins tries to fit in
Hoarding talent on a team is something that Jerry Jones got away with when he turned the pitiful Cowboys into a dynasty of the 1990s. Since free agency started though the outspoken owner hasn't had the same success at getting back to the Super Bowl. Maybe that more than anything is why he guards the contract of cornerback Mike Jenkins so close. Otherwise common NFL wisdom would've had him traded after the offseason signings of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. There's no shortage of teams interested either. Still it doesn't matter. Jones repeats that Jenkins will stay in Dallas and that point came true when the cornerback finally announced he would report to minicamps. It's a strange situation that has Dallas Cowboys fans scratching their heads. Jenkins hasn't worked out too well for their team and his value probably won't go higher if he stays on as the third corner behind Carr and Claiborne. Smart football business says to deal expendable players at their highest value. Yet all is quiet in Texas. Can any teams cast out enough bait?
Cliff Avril NFL holdout could put more pressure on Lions secondary
One possible option are the up and coming Detroit Lions. For the first time in over ten years the team has enough talent to compete for a championship but they still have holes to fill on the roster. The biggest needs rest on defense, specifically at corner. After losing Eric Wright to Tampa Bay, Detroit has unproven names guarding the backend against an NFC North division loaded with powerful passing attacks. Worst of all the team can't reach a deal with its best pass rusher in defensive end Cliff Avril. If his holdout continues into the NFL preseason an already mediocre defense could become toothless. Without it the powerful offense led by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson will have to take bigger risks just to stay in games. Not the best plan given Stafford's injury history and a lack of a running game. Adding Jenkins to the mix could settle the secondary somewhat and give the corner a new home on a team that wants him there. At the same time Dallas would walk away with a draft pick or two in their pockets.
NFL trades come from timing and needs. The Dallas Cowboys say they won't trade Mike Jenkins but the itch to think about it will only grow as the season draws near. The Detroit Lions have their own problems with Cliff Avril but they can't ignore their secondary problems forever.