Passing On Janoris Jenkins

March 2nd, 2016


Former Gators trouble maker Janoris Jenkins is an excellent cornerback in his prime.

He’s also about to become a free agent, following long contract talks with the Rams that broke off in the fall. The 2012 second-round pick further sealed his walking papers, it seems, with Twitter claims of being disrespected by the Rams this week.

Per BSPN, Jenkins is about to hire Darrelle Revis’ agent and is seeking north of $10 million per season.

Joe has no interest here. Jenkins, as a second-round pick, has not made a pile of money yet. And his red flags of fathering many children and multiple arrests in college, and getting booted from the Gators football team his senior year, still linger in Joe’s head.

Yesterday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, host Jim Miller reminded listeners of the odd and controversial demand of Rams coach Jeff Fisher after Jenkins was drafted No. 39 overall. There was a huge uproar because Fisher essentially was forcing Jenkins to hire a financial manager Fisher trusted to keep Jenkins’ from sinking.

Yeah, Joe realizes Jenkins turns 28 in October and likely has grown up. He’s also only missed four games in four years, and had three picks last year — one more than all Bucs cornerbacks combined. And there’s all those Bucs fans out there who lament Tampa Bay giving up on Aqib Talib, who might be on the cusp of the Hall of Fame if he can notch a couple more Pro Bowl seasons.

Still, Joe is too fearful of dumping a bucket of cash on a guy with Jenkins’ history. It seems like there are a lot safer cornerback bets out there.

36 Responses to “Passing On Janoris Jenkins”

  1. biff barker Says:

    I could not agree more!

  2. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    I am with you Joe. he is not a difference maker in any way. Use some of that cash for a difference maker at DE. Hell, keep Sterling then if you need another CB

  3. DB55 Says:

    had three picks last year — one more than all Bucs cornerbacks combined.
    Boom Bam Pow! Down goes Frazier. Lol.

  4. Bucco Brice Says:

    yeah, like Sterling Moore….sign the guy!

  5. AC Says:

    LMAO what does having kids with multiple women have anything to do with football? Joe I lose respect for you on a daily basis with some of the BS you write

    It’s the collective look at him while assessing risk, not specific to his four kids.–Joe

  6. Espo Says:

    Talib has had a good career but I wouldn’t call him HOF worthy.

    As Joe wrote, two more good seasons and Talib will be in that conversation. That’s just reality.–Joe

  7. Dylan Says:

    Dude joe you were on of the people all for trading of letting AQIB walk. I have screen shots on my old phone of my response I showed my friends…. I called into the bucs radio show and defended AQIB for taking aderall. Michael Bennett and AQIB TALIB should never have walked out the door. We fooked up they both got rings haha

    Absolutely, Joe called for Aqib to go. He needed to. In addition to his behavior, the regime in place here clearly didn’t know how to handle him. –Joe

  8. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    @AC, I am not playing bouncer for the Joes but he has a point. If you father 4 children before you are 20 and can’t stay out of bar fights and stop getting arrested for weed when you are getting a free education to the point that you get tossed out of UF to go to North Alabama then there may be a red flag or three to recognize. As a UF alum I would pass on Jenkins at this point unless he is willing to take less than 9 mil.

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    So what are saying kidz don’t make mistakes? Adam Jones grew up, and completely turnt his life around. Remember Jeff Fischer gave up on him too

  10. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Folkz act like never had a couple bar fight, as a youngsta. C’mon ya’ll lets get off our high horse; for real. That’s the young gladiator stage in all of our lives. You know the old adage ” Young Dumb, and Full of ***. As a young Kat, all your tryinging to do is getting it.

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    As a young Kat, all your tryinging to do – is get it in.

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    I haven’t heard any indisrections – since he’s entered the NFL; have U?

    When Fischer drafted the kid, he made sure he took out a monthly allotment for child support. I haven’t heard anything about the kid missing any payments.

    For the most part, the kid has been a professional since he’s entered the league.

  13. J Says:

    If we are going to get a Gator CB, draft Hargreaves. I root for the Gators but want no business with Urbans recruits. Or next year get Tabor.

  14. mike Says:

    would be a great pick up, but he is going to get too much money. Going to take a pass.

  15. Espo Says:

    If Talib gets in before Ronde, I’ll lead the riot up to Canton myself.

  16. Bucsfanman Says:

    I kind of agree with LUV on this one. We keep turning our backs on players with “questionable” character issues. These are young people mistakes, one’s that can usually be overcome, and at 29, he’s either reformed or not. It’d be different if it were a Greg Hardy type of thing or Manziel. In which case, hell yea I’d pass on.

  17. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    You know youre my boy LUV but believe me. We don’t want Jenkins. Not for what he is asking.

  18. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Bucs SB with Jameis

    My dude – what’s good?

    I hear U, and I understand. If Licht can work his magic – and get Jenkins to bring down the annual. By accepting more guaranteed money over the term of the contract; cool. If not – no worries.

  19. Buccfan37 Says:

    If there was an NFL Hall of Shame it would be packed.

  20. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    An that Hall would be full of Players, Coaches, Management, Ownership,
    Announcers, and Journalist. No body gets a pass.

  21. Dave Says:

    Sign him.
    Also, why are people do hell bent on a CB in Rd 1??
    A FA and Moore and Verner and Banks and a 2 or 3 round rookie is all that’s needed.
    They need a pass rush first and foremost. Draft a DE

  22. Chyno1 Says:

    I think Janoris Jenkins would be an asset to the team and would be a HUGE upgrade at the corner position for us. But if he’s looking for more than $10 million a year then I don’t see us pursuing him because he’s not worth $10 million a year. The Rams definitely got it right with their offer at 5 years 45 million. I think Jenkins is about a $9-10 million a year cornerback anything more than that would definitely be overpaying. He hasn’t had off the field issues since entering the league so I’m not concerned about that. Maybe coming into the draft those were red flags but he’s been pretty good on and off the field. I just don’t think he’s a shut down corner so paying him more than $10 million yearly would be a reach. Add in the fact that he has a history of gambling and giving up big plays every season. Of course all corners give up big plays and TDs but at his rate he’s not worth more than what the Rams were offering.

    I actually like Sean Smith better and I much rather pursue him in free agency. I say sign Smith and then resign Sterling Moore because he did a very respectable job as a starter last year. We brought him in to be our nickel but he turned out to be the best corner on the roster even though he only rated out to be average. Still that was better than all of our other corners. I say sign Smith. Resign Moore. Possibly go after Reggie Nelson or Tashaun Gipson (hoping he returns to his 2014 pro bowl form) and then draft a corner in the first or second round.

  23. Off the Cuff Says:

    Remember, Alteron Verner came off a pro bowl when we signed him. Because of poor coahing, he was horribly misused. If we improve our pass rush, then all our dbs can look like world beaters.

  24. salish_seamonster Says:

    Talib HOF? Unlikely, Joe.

  25. CrustyCrab Says:

    It amazes me how Bucs fan forget what Jameis allegedly did college and how the Bucs gave him a chance to prove that all of that is behind him that same line of thinking should be extended to Jenkins whether he sighs here or not. Model citizen since he came in the league.

  26. James Walker Says:

    I will be throw up in my mouth if Talib gets a gold jacket.

  27. Architek Says:

    I agree here with your premise and history shows that teams should draft their own impact game changers rather than free agency.

    Granted Jenkins has had a good start to his career, house money says don’t pay that amount of money and expecting him to continue with the baggage is not smart business.

    Just my thoughts.

  28. BigHogHaynes Says:

    We should kick the tires on all DB’s that are becoming free agents because we need real competition and real depth !!

  29. Rrsrq Says:

    Same Joe that wanted Johnny Football, look at the two careers, mmmmm

  30. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Janoris Jenkins has done nothing. HE is not a shutdown corner. He averaged one pass defended per week last year. He gets picks in 1 of every 5 games. 3 picks on the year.

    No production at all. The team that pays him $10m per year is stupid…and should fire their GM.

  31. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    It amazes me what some people think is good for a cornerback…

  32. Off the Cuff Says:

    Any corner we draft will have to go through a learning curve. The Bucs do not have a good history when it comes to first round defensive backs.

  33. Bucsfanman Says:

    I agree Bonzai, not for THAT price.

  34. dave Says:

    lets just get him and give him a chance i say. he’d be the most talented corner we’ve had since revis

  35. Ocala Says:

    Bucs have to suplament this roster with some quality free agents.

    We have too many holes to not sign our best free agent and not be agresive in free agency:

    DE(2), DT, SLB, CB(2), FB, RB, WR, FS, SS and we need depth at OG and OT.

    The draft is not going to fill all of those slots.

  36. 813bucboi Says:

    i like Jenkins but not for 10mil a year…if we did sign him he would be our #1 cb…resign moore and draft VHG and pray banks or verner step up…GO BUCS!!!