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Mike Jenkins’ football career has come full circle, and that’s good news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their ongoing roster-reshaping project.
On Thursday, the Buccaneers announced the signing of Jenkins, a seventh-year cornerback most recently of the Oakland Raiders, to a one-year deal. Jenkins is the second former Pro Bowler to join Tampa Bay’s secondary since the start of free agency on March 11, as the team previously landed former Tennessee Titans standout Alterraun Verner.
Jenkins played his high school football at Southeast High School in Bradenton just to the south of Tampa and then stayed home to help a rising program at the University of South Florida. A first-team All-America choice in 2007, Jenkins was drafted 25th overall by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, five picks after the Buccaneers selected Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib.
The 5-10, 197-pound Jenkins began his career strong in Dallas, earning a Pro Bowl berth in just his second season after starting 15 games and picking off five pases to go with 49 tackles and 19 passes defensed. He started all 16 games for the Cowboys in 2010 and had another 55 tackles, one interception and nine passes defensed. Jenkins was limited somewhat by injuries during the next two seasons before leaving Dallas as an unrestricted free agent to join the Raiders. He stepped right in at left cornerback in Oakland and started 15 games, recording a career-best 65 tackles to go with two interceptions and a forced fumble. Continue Reading by Clicking Here
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