By Steve Corkran
Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 9:51 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders agreed to terms on a contract with veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins on Monday, according to several reports.
Jenkins, 28, played for the Dallas Cowboys his first five NFL seasons. During that time, he started 48 games and intercepted eight passes.
He is expected to compete for a starting spot for a Raiders team thin at cornerback. Earlier this offseason, the Raiders signed veteran Tracy Porter as a prospective starter at cornerback, as well.
If things go as planned, Jenkins and Porter should be the Raiders starting cornerbacks. From here, that tandem sounds and looks a whole lot bettern than Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer, the starting duo in 2012 before injuries derailed their seasons shortly after they started.
Jenkins and Porter have less wear on their bodies than did Bartell and Spencer, for one thing. Also, both have played at a higher level, at times.
Still, both have plenty to prove in 2013 if they are to stick around for more than one season. Jenkins started only two games last season after starting an average of 14 the previous three seasons.
The Raiders suddenly aren’t looking so thin at cornerback. Besides Jenkins and Porter, the Raiders have Phillip Adams, Chimdi Chekwa, Brandian Ross — he also plays safety — and converted running back Taiwan Jones.