Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Former USF Star Mike Jenkins


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed former cornerback Mike Jenkins to a one-year deal, bringing the former Southeast High School star home.

“Mike is someone that we targeted early on in our free agency planning and we are excited to have him in the fold,” said Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht.

“He is a proven corner who provides us with a valuable veteran presence and we expect him to compete for a starting spot in our defensive backfield. ”

Jenkins, 28, spent the 2013 season with the Oakland Raiders, starting 15 games, registering 65 combined tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions.

A 2008 draft pick by the Cowboys, Jenkins started 63 games for Dallas and in 2009, a season in which he recorded five picks and 49 tackles, he was named to the Pro Bowl.

A former USF All-American, Jenkins became the first player in school history to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

He is the second cornerback to sign with Tampa Bay in free agency, joining Alterraun Verner as the Bucs venture away from man-coverage on defense and into a zone-based scheme under new head coach Lovie Smith.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the deal is worth $1.5 million.

The Bucs were one of five teams said to have expressed interest in Jenkins, along with the Arizona Cardinals, whom he also visited.