This off-season, the Raiders have been actively filling positions on their defense with free agent signings. They have now signed their second free agent corner back with the addition of Mike Jenkins.
The sixth year corner visited the team back on April 2 but left without a contract. After weighing his options, he opted to sign with the Raiders. He is expected to start opposite recently signed cornerback Tracy Porter, shoring up one of the Raiders' weakest positions.
Jenkins spent the first five seasons of his career with the Cowboys after the team made him the 25th overall selection in the 2008 draft out of the University of South Florida. He lost his starting job last season and the team is moving on without him.
He had a great sophomore season in Dallas as the full time starter. He had 5 interceptions, an impressive 19 passes defended, and 49 combined tackles. Since then, he has struggled with multiple injuries and his play has fallen off. He had just one interception in each of the following two seasons and 17 total passes defended. He was rated by Pro Football Focus as one of the ten worst free agent corners on the market.
The Raiders now have signed two starters in Jenkins and Porter as well as re-signed spot starter, Phillip Adams. Just slot corner, Joselio Hanson, remains a free agent which would give the Raiders a full stable of corners heading into off-season workouts which begin a week from today.