The “Jackrabbit” is an outstanding cover corner. Drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft by St. Louis, Janoris Jenkins played for the Rams from 2012-2015, before signing with New York, starting with the 2016 season.
Pros: Jenkins is a top cover corner and teams can never have enough of them. Currently, the Seahawks are starting rookie Tre Flowers at cornerback. It’s a new position for Flowers and some of the experienced quarterbacks the Seahawks are about to face will know how to take advantage of his inexperience.
Bringing in Jenkins would allow Flowers to move back to safety where he’s more comfortable while learning corner from one of the best. Finally, the Seattle Seahawks have had their problems generating a consistent pass rush. With Jenkins and Shaquill Griffin at cornerback, the defensive line will get those extra fractions of a second they need to wreak havoc on the other side of the line.
Cons: He makes $12.5M per season, if the jackrabbit comes in, someone has to go. Jenkins is 29 years old, his contract runs through 2021 when he’ll be 31. That’s right around the time players start to lose a step.
Wrap: This would be a classic going for it now situation. I’m not so sure that he fits in Seattle past this season. An ideal situation would be trading a third-round draft pick for him now, and have Jenkins finish out the season with Seattle. The Hawks would then deal him in the off-season for a fourth or fifth round pick.