The Cowboys think the Giants have a competitive advantage heading into the Sept. 5 season opener…
Jenkins soap opera plays on
The Cowboys are happy he showed up.
But all is still not well with Jenkins or his relationship with the Cowboys.
Jenkins asked for a trade after being relegated to third cornerback at best following the team's decision to sign free agent Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million contract and take LSU standout cornerback Morris Claiborne with the sixth overall pick.
Jenkins is in the final year of his contract and will make $1.057 million in 2012.
The Cowboys continue to maintain that he will not be traded as they see him as vital part of their cornerback situation in a passing league that requires more than two or three good cornerbacks.
One thing both sides agree on right now is denying a NFL Network report stating that Jenkins was withholding his medical records after getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.
According to the Cowboys, his holdout was more procedural than Jenkins doing anything on purpose to spite the team. Owner Jerry Jones said the team has everything it needs now.
"(Athletic trainer) Jim Mauer has got everything he needs," Jones said. "He's got all the medical records we need and we are continuing to get medical information, so that's not right."
A source close to Jenkins said they are not withholding records from the Cowboys.
At least both sides have some common ground now. But that's it.
The Cowboys would like Jenkins to stick around the team's Valley Ranch training complex to continue his rehab but according to a source close to Jenkins, he will return to Florida and rehab on his own.
The Cowboys don't like it but aren't going to make a big deal out of it because they feel the only way Jenkins can get what he wants -- a big contract extension --is if they get what they want: him coming in healthy and having a successful year where he can be a hot commodity on the free-agent market next spring.
"It's just not in his best interest not to be ready to play, and if it's later, we'll use him later," Jones said.
Jenkins remains unhappy with his situation and would like to be moved before the start of the season. According to the Cowboys, that is not happening.
"We're not going to trade Jenkins," Jones said. "I'm excited about the fact that we've got this kind of corner situation. We'll maximize it for our team and it gives us all the things we want at a position that's critical for us."
Still, Jenkins' actions in not being part of the offseason program does not sit well with coach Jason Garrett who is trying to fill the roster with the right kind of guys who want to be here and have passion to play the game.
"It was good to see him," Garrett said. "Good to have him back here. The offseason program in the NFL is voluntary. We had 90 guys on our roster and 89 of them attended. Mike Jenkins decided to not be here for the voluntary part. He is here for the mandatory part. He is rehabbing his shoulder. It's good to have him back in the building with our football team. Hopefully he will be ready to play football for us."
The big question now is when Jenkins will be ready to play.
His rehab from shoulder surgery is slower than some of his other teammates, including running Felix Jones, linebacker Dan Connor and linebacker Alex Albright.
Garrett doesn't know if he will be ready when training camp starts.
"I can't make that judgment," Garrett said. "He has a long way to go. He has a serious injury. It's hard to compare those (other) guys. They had shoulder injuries but they had different shoulder surgeries. He is certainly behind them. But he had a complicated surgery that was done after the season. Hopefully he will be ready by camp."
According to vice president Stephen Jones, Jenkins will likely start camp on the physically unable to perform list.
It all brings full circle the absurdity of the trade talk.
There was no way the Cowboys could trade an injured Jenkins even if they wanted to.
So that is an issue and a question that could be revisited once he gets to camp and finally gets healthy -- although the Cowboys continue to maintain he is not going anywhere in 2012.
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