Mike Jenkins (American football)

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Mike Jenkins
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Jenkins warming up against the Chiefs in a 2009 game.
No. 24     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-22) March 22, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Neuenbürg, West Germany
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Brandenton (FL) Southeast
College: South Florida
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Debuted in 2008 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2014
Tackles 191
Interceptions 9
Passes defensed 46
Stats at NFL.com

Mike Jenkins (born March 22, 1985) is an American football cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of South Florida and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Oakland Raiders.

Early years[edit]

Jenkins was born in Neuenbürg, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany;[1] his mother was a computer operator with the United States Army stationed in West Germany and left the Army when Jenkins was five. Jenkins's mother separated from Jenkins's father in 1990, moved to Florida, and divorced in 1995, when Mike Jenkins was ten.[2] Mike Jenkins played high school football and ran track at Southeast High School in Bradenton, Florida.

College career[edit]

While attending the University of South Florida, Jenkins played for the South Florida Bulls football team and ran track for the Bulls track and field team. In 2007, he was a second-team Big East Conference selection, and received first-team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association. He was a first-team All-Big East selection in 2008. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys traded up with the Seattle Seahawks moving from the 28th to the 25th position, in exchange for a fifth (No. 163) and seventh (No. 235) round draft choices, in order to select Jenkins in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. On July 26, he signed a $9.725 million contract with $6.75 million guaranteed, including a $3.1 million signing bonus.


In 2009 Jenkins and fellow corner Orlando Scandrick rotated spots. During week 3 in a game versus the Carolina Panthers Jenkins had an interception. Since then, he's started over Scandrick who has been moved to the slot corner position. He's established himself as being a coverage corner by intercepting three passes in his first few starts. In a playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings, he was ineffective on two plays, allowing Vikings receiver Sidney Rice to score 2 touchdowns.[3]

Jenkins finished the 2009 season with 5 interceptions and 49 total tackles and was selected as an alternate to the 2010 Pro Bowl and moved to the official line-up on January 25, 2010 when Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield withdrew due to injury.


Jenkins recorded 55 total tackles, 9 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception, while starting every game of the season.


Jenkins suffered a neck stinger in training camp, and missed the entire 2011 preseason.[4] He came back from the injury and started 12 games for the Cowboys, including the first 7 games, in an injury-plagued season. Jenkins fought through several injuries, including a hamstring strain, a sore shoulder and knee and a dislocated right shoulder that required off-season surgery. Overcoming the injuries, Jenkins managed to have a solid season recording 22 solo tackles, 8 pass deflections and 1 interception. By fighting through injuries, Jenkins displayed toughness that had been called into question by fans and media in past seasons.


Entering the final year of Jenkins' rookie contract (which paid him around $1.05 million), the Dallas Cowboys drafted cornerback, Morris Claiborne, with the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The presence of Claiborne added yet another talented defensive back for the Cowboys with newly signed Brandon Carr and veteran Orlando Scandrick. The Cowboys selecting Claiborne sparked immediate media speculation as to Jenkins' future with the team, since Scandrick was recently given a contract extension and Jenkins was on the final year of his contract.

Jenkins skipped the voluntary 2012 Organized Team Activities (OTAs) while rehabbing from shoulder surgery allegedly because he was unhappy with his current contract and his place on the team's depth chart.[5][6]

Jenkins was supposedly hopeful he would be traded from the Cowboys and the Indianapolis Colts allegedly showed interest in trading for Jenkins.[7] The Dallas Cowboys' management repeatedly stated publicly they would not trade Jenkins and allegedly turned down several offers.[5][8] In the first day of training camp, Jenkins clarified that he did not ask the Cowboys to be traded.[9]

Because of his contract dispute, he decided to rehab his injured right shoulder outside of the team's training facilities, which delayed his recovery time, forcing him to miss all of the 2012 off-season and preseason action. Jenkins was cleared to practice by his doctor about a week before the season opener. He was not activated for this game and also lost his starter job to Claiborne.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Jenkins signed with the Oakland Raiders on April 8, 2013 as a free agent.[10] He was named the starter at left cornerback and compiled 15 starts (missed one game with a hamstring injury) and 2 interceptions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Jenkins signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 20, 2014.[11] On September 10, 2014 the Buccaneers placed Jenkins on injured reserve with a pectoral strain.[12]

NFL stats[edit]

2008 DAL 14 19 19 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 23 23 23 1 4
2009 DAL 16 49 45 4 0.0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 19
2010 DAL 16 55 51 4 0.0 1 0 0 1 -4 -4 -4 0 9
2011 DAL 12 24 22 2 0.0 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 0 8
2012 DAL 13 14 10 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2013 OAK 15 65 57 8 0.0 1 1 20 2 0 0 0 0 6
Career 86 226 204 22 0.0 2 1 0 10 22 2 23 1 49



  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed


  1. ^ "Mike Jenkins". NFL. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Auman, Greg (November 17, 2007). "Where he needs to be". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/gametracker/recap/NFL_20100117_DAL@MIN
  4. ^ Rainer Sabin (2011-09-05). "Despite not playing in preseason, Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins 'confident' he's ready for season opener". Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  5. ^ a b Ian Rapoport (2012-05-21). "Mike Jenkins hoping to be traded, will skip Cowboys OTAs". Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  6. ^ Ian Rapoport (no date). "Why Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins is on the right track… and who could deal for him". Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  7. ^ Ian Rapoport (no date). "Trying to understand the latest in the Mike Jenkins saga — Colts edition". Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  8. ^ Len Pasquarelli (2012-06-03). "Why aren't some NFL rookies signed?". Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  9. ^ Eatman, Nick. "Jenkins Ends Silence; Says Never Demanded Trade; Ready To Work". DallasCowboys.com. DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Raiders Add CB Mike Jenkins
  11. ^ Jenkins Gives Secondary Another Boost
  12. ^ Astleford, Andrew (September 10, 2014). "Tampa Bay Buccaneers place CB Mike Jenkins on IR, make further roster moves". Fox Sports Florida. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mike Jenkins Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 

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