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Former USF corner Jenkins visiting Bucs

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Hoping to add competition and depth in the secondary, the Bucs have former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins coming in for a free-agent visit on Monday.

Jenkins, who turns 29 on Saturday, played last season with the Raiders, starting 15 games and finishing with a career-best 65 total tackles. The former USF standout, a first-round pick of the Cowboys in 2008, has 10 interceptions in his six NFL seasons, including two in 2013.

The Bucs have already added a top-tier corner in free-agent Alterraun Verner and have second-year pro Johnthan Banks returning at the other starting spot. Jenkins would give competition to third-year pro Leonard Johnson for the team's nickel defensive back job -- Johnson was on the field for 65 percent of the Bucs' defensive snaps last year.

Jenkins starred at Bradenton's Southeast High before playing at USF, so the Bucs would make this a true homecoming if an agreement can be reached. He made $1.5 million last year on a one-year deal with Oakland.

[Last modified: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:11pm]

    

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