Jenkins is on the mend from offseason shoulder surgery. He reported to the start of Cowboys training camp last month, but he hasn't been cleared to play, and the team isn't sure when he'll return to the field.
The 2008 first-round draft pick went public with his desire for a new contract, which expires after this season and will pay him a base salary of $1.052 million. The Cowboys have invested millions into their rebuilt defensive backfield and aren't rushing to hand Jenkins a new deal. The front office dangled him as trade bait in the offseason, but nothing came of it. The team now insists he's part of the future.
With Brandon Carr and rookie Morris Claiborne penciled in as the Cowboys' starting cornerbacks, Jenkins is expected to man the slot, according to ESPN.com. That's a new position for the four-year veteran, so the sooner Jenkins sees the field, the better.