Southeast High's Mike Jenkins signs one-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) celebrates in the final moments during overtime of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys won 27-24.

— Former Southeast High star Mike Jenkins is coming home.

The free-agent cornerback, who was a first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys out of USF, has signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo. The deal could include another $500,000 in incentives, according to the report.

The Buccaneers website confirmed the signing, though it did not report the terms.

According to the Bucs website:

"The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Jenkins began his career strong in Dallas, earning a Pro Bowl berth in just his second season after starting 15 games and picking off five pases to go with 49 tackles and 19 passes defensed.

"He started all 16 games for the Cowboys in 2010 and had another 55 tackles, one interception and nine passes defensed. Jenkins was limited somewhat by injuries during the next two seasons before leaving Dallas as an unrestricted free agent to join the Raiders. He stepped right in at left cornerback in Oakland and started 15 games, recording a career-best 65 tackles to go with two interceptions and a forced fumble.

"In all, Jenkins has played in 86 NFL games with 63 starts, amassing 226 tackles, 10 interceptions, 49 passes defensed and two forced fumbles."

Read more about the signing in Friday's edition of the Bradenton Herald.

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