Bucs Add Mike JenkinsMarch 20th, 2014
Updated: 4:29 p.m.: It sure looks like Lovie Smith has no desire to relive the horror of the 2012 Buccaneers secondary. Anything resembling the fearsome foursome, “E.J., Leonard, Danny and LeQuan” is unlikely to see the field on Lovie’s watch.
Today, per NFL Network, the Bucs signed former Pro Bowler Mike Jenkins, the former 2008 first-round pick out of the University of South Florida.
Jenkins spent 2013 in NFL hell: Oakland, where he started 15 games and had 65 tackles and two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Joe didn’t watch much of the Raiders and doesn’t know what Jenkins has left in his tank, but cornerback depth is critical. Joe surely trusts former stud cornerback and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, as well as former defensive backs coach Lovie Smith. It’ll be interesting to see the terms of Jenkins’ contract. That might give a clue as to what the Bucs really think of Jenkins right now.
Lovie did recently say he doesn’t typically pursue backups in free agency, so perhaps Jenkins is here to compete for the No. 2 job.
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports says Jenkins bagged $1.5 million plus $500,000 in incentives.