IRVING -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins will not be present for organized team activities that begin today and wants to be traded, a source said.
The workouts are voluntary.
Jenkins, a 2008 first-round pick and former Pro Bowler, has seemingly gone from a starter to a backup following the signing of free agent Brandon Carr and the selection of LSU's Morris Claiborne with the sixth overall draft pick.
He was the team's best cornerback last year despite playing through knee, neck and shoulder injuries. He had shoulder surgery after the season and should be ready for training camp.
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The Cowboys spent the off-season upgrading his position with the signing of Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million deal and trading up from 14th to sixth in the draft to take Claiborne.
Jenkins, entering the final year of his contract, has asked for an extension through his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. He has rehabilitated from surgery at his home in Florida and avoided the team's off-season workouts at Valley Ranch.
He plans to continue that absence with the OTA workouts that begin today, a source said.
With Orlando Scandrick already signed to a long-term deal as the third cornerback, Jenkins would seem to be ideal trade bait.
However, his contract situation and his injury hinder the process. He likely would want a new deal before joining another team and the Cowboys likely would want premium compensation in return.
The Cowboys, however, maintain they have no interest in moving Jenkins and want him on the team at least one more season. Coach Jason Garrett said Sunday that he was hopeful that Jenkins would attend OTA workouts.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week that Jenkins was vital to the team as a third cornerback.
"We know that we've got a situation where we can identify what we are on defense by having three corners in there a lot. I see short term and long term with Jenkins," Jones said. "There's no interest on my part at all of trading Jenkins. None."
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