Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Re-Sign Jenkins


Sep 7, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver

Kelvin Benjamin

(13) catches the ball for a touchdown as Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback

Mike Jenkins

(24) as he was called for defensive pass interference during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Carolina Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Update (05/03, 3:53 p.m.):

The Bucs have confirmed that they have re-signed Jenkins while also announcing they have extended qualifying offers to linebacker Danny Lansanah and safety Bradley McDougald, ensuring their returns in 2015.

Lansanah was one of the Bucs’ lone bright spots in 2014. A relatively unknown having bounced around the league, Lansanah made 81 tackles, 1.5 sacks and had three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

McDougald, playing in his first NFL season, made 50 tackles and had one pick. Both players will likely be starters in 2015.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed cornerback Mike Jenkins according to Luke Easterling of Bleacher Report. It’s reportedly a one-year deal.

The former USF Bulls standout played in just one game last season after suffering a torn pectoral in Week 1.

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Over the course of his seven-year career, Jenkins has been very inconsistent in coverage. At times he has been spectacular while in other moments he has been extremely disappointing.

Jenkins has registered 10 career interceptions and has made 227 tackles in 87 games. In 2009 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, he was selected to the Pro Bowl.

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Re-signing Jenkins eases the Bucs’ need to address the position much further. Johnthan Banks and Alterraun Verner are the team’s starting corners and Jenkins will more than likely slot in as the third guy. Assuming Tampa Bay re-signs Leonard Johnson as the team’s nickel, the Bucs’ corner position seems set heading into 2015.

Of course, the Bucs still have questions at safety, most notably if they stick with Dashon Goldson for another year or cut him and move on to find someone else to play alongside Bradley McDougald.

The Bucs have yet to confirm the Jenkins signing.