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20 March 2014


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed free agent cornerback Mike Jenkins.
“We are pleased to welcome Mike back home to the Tampa Bay area,” said Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht. “Mike is someone that we targeted early on in our free agency planning and we are excited to have him in the fold. 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 (5-10, 197), comes to the Buccaneers after spending the 2013 season with the Raiders. Prior to his time in Oakland, Jenkins played five seasons in Dallas (2008-12), where he was a first-round pick (25th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. Jenkins has started 63-of-86 career games, tallying 226 tackles, 49 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 10 interceptions, with one returned for a touchdown. Jenkins has started both postseason games he has played, recording six passes defensed and one interception. He earned a Pro Bowl berth following the 2009 season.
A Bradenton native, Jenkins was a standout prep player at Southeast High School, and received SuperPrep All-American and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Defensive Player of the Year honors. Jenkins played collegiately at South Florida (2004-07), becoming the first USF player to ever be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. A Thorpe Award candidate as a senior, Jenkins earned All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association, in addition to All-Big East Honors.
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