Seahawks send Kelly Jennings to Bengals

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The Bengals have improved their shaky cornerback depth by acquiring cornerback Kelly Jennings from the Seahawks.

Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald was sent to the Seahawks in exchange for Jennings, the Bengals announced.  McDonald has played in eight career games.

The move is reminiscent of last August 31, when the Seahawks sent cornerback Josh Wilson to the Ravens for a fifth-round pick.  The Bengals can only hope the move pays off for them like it did for Baltimore, although Jennings’ play of late would indicate that’s unlikely.

Jennings was the 31st overall pick in the 2006 draft; he started 44 games for Seattle including all 14 of his regular season games last year. Walter Thurmond should take his place.

43 responses to “Seahawks send Kelly Jennings to Bengals

  1. Not sure I like this move. McDonald was an up and comer on a stout and deep interior Dline.

    Jennings could provide relief @ the nickel spot. But I hope we dont regret losing McDonald.

    I guess this makes Jason Shirley the 4th DT.

  2. Good Luck in Cincinnatti Kelly Jennings. Thank you for you time and efforts in Seattle. Yet another Tim Ruskell guy on his way out.

  3. If the Bengals’ pass-rush is as improved as I think/hope, then Jennings doesn’t have to be a world-beater to make this a good move. We had depth on the D-Line and had none at the DB position, so I’m okay with this move.

  4. Ugh… Clinton McDonald was one of the guys I was really hyped about seeing get some run this year. Dammit Mikey! Jennings, you better have something you’re bringin to the table! From what I hear and read, it ain’t much.

  5. Wow, I would like to personally invite Mike Brown to come manage a team in my fantasy football league. I’ll talk trades all day with you my friend. How Kelly Jennings has a starting spot in the NFL is a mystery to me, I would have been happy getting a bag of footballs in return.

  6. If McDonald has a heart beat he’s already 10 times better than Jennings. I didn’t think a person could cover worse. His face was always dirty after the 1st Qtr from the mud being flung from the WR he was covering (running behind him). I would’ve been happy getting bird feed for the Seahawk mascot for Jennings. A move in the right direction —- for once.

  7. You figured this was coming after he started the year 5th on the CB depth chart after starting last year. He wasn’t as bad as I thought last year but still wasn’t good.

    Adding a D Lineman – the area on the team with the most depth. WTF is Schneider/Carroll doing?! How about some O-line help – the two rookies on the right side are a disaster!!!!

  8. Happy freaking day! Jennings is gone!!! I can’t believe that anyone would give up anything for that guy.

    And lol at the story about the Bengals “improving” with the addition of Jennings. They’d be better off starting a young dude from the practice squad than Jennings. The the move last year with Josh Wilson was to get something for a guy that was in the last year of his contract, but everyone knew JW could ball. A lot of us were sad to see him go. Jennings however is the worst CB out there and I can’t even begin to tell you how relieved I am that I never have to see this guy again.

    Thank you Cinnci for taking him! Even if the ‘Hawks got nothing in return it would’ve been addition by subtraction.

  9. The Bengals first tried to swing a deal with the Raiders, but Al Davis isn’t awake yet.

    – Lane Kiffin

  10. “McDonald was enjoying his best training camp as a pro in Cincinnati. He’ll slot in as a backup “3-technique” in Seattle with a realistic shot of making the final 53.”

    This was a decent move by the Hawks, getting rid of that slow midget Kelly Jennings.

    Tim Rustyskull seemed to like the very small CB’s and safties.??!!

  11. As a Bengal’s fan I’m kind of sad to see McDonald go. He seemed like he had some good potential. But potential is exactly that…it’s what could be.

    We needed help in the secondary and already have our two starting corners. I can’t imagine he’ll be any worse than our current back ups. Plus we did have some wiggle room on the D-line.

    For all the Seahawk fans bashing the Bengals for trading for this guy. Clinton was a seventh round draft choice…Kelly was a first. You do the math.

  12. cball77 says:Aug 29, 2011 3:14 PM

    You figured this was coming after he started the year 5th on the CB depth chart after starting last year. He wasn’t as bad as I thought last year but still wasn’t good.

    Adding a D Lineman – the area on the team with the most depth. WTF is Schneider/Carroll doing?! How about some O-line help – the two rookies on the right side are a disaster!!!!
    ________________________________

    Were you perhaps expecting to get a starting offensive lineman in exchange for a cornerback who was probably going to be let go for nothing?

    This seems to be a “depth move”. I could see it being the end of the line for a guy like Siavii, since McDonald is only 24 and would appear to have more upside. Regardless, after last year, where the run defense fell apart after losing Cole, Mebane, and Bryant, is there such a thing as too much depth on the defensive line?

  13. Happy days.

    My lease favourite Seahawk out of town, and we got something in return.

    Wow.

    (Makes note to self to start any WR playing against Bungles in all fantasy leagues)

  14. “For all the Seahawk fans bashing the Bengals for trading for this guy. Clinton was a seventh round draft choice…Kelly was a first. You do the math.”

    And Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round while JaMarcus Russell was the first overall pick. Obviously by your math Russell is the better player.

    Jennings was a bust in a series of busts picked by Tim Ruskell. We’d take a ham sandwich for Jennings.

    You’ll soon find out just how bad that guy is.

  15. Improved their shaky cornerback depth? If anything they just made it even shakier. Jennings is terrible. Can’t make plays for the ball, gets tossed around by recievers, and constantly falls down while attempting to cover.

  16. Oh and anyone who is still thinking he’s a good nickel player is sadly mistaken. I’m amazed he’s still in the league

  17. Looks like there’s a good chance Clinton McDonald won’t make the final cutdown to 53 in Seattle. If he gets cut, the Bengals can get him back if they want. At best, McDonald was a marginal guy in Cincinnati. Seems like two teams trading lower level talent, trying to catch lightening in a bottle with nothing to lose. *yawn*

  18. “pocketfudge says:
    Aug 29, 2011 3:57 PM
    “For all the Seahawk fans bashing the Bengals for trading for this guy. Clinton was a seventh round draft choice…Kelly was a first. You do the math.”

    And Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round while JaMarcus Russell was the first overall pick. Obviously by your math Russell is the better player.

    Jennings was a bust in a series of busts picked by Tim Ruskell. We’d take a ham sandwich for Jennings.

    You’ll soon find out just how bad that guy is.”

    The point being McDonald wasn’t worth that much to us. We only initially drafted him in the seventh as kind of a contingency scenario. Jennings was drafted by the hawks to be a starter. He has barely gotten playing time because he isn’t a high caliber player. Jennings won’t start for us. He’ll be lucky to be 4th on the depth chart as opposed to a McDonald who spent his first year on the practice squad and saying he got playing time last year in 9 games is an overstatement

    I’m sure he was a less than stellar player when guarding number 1 WR’s on teams but if he’s a package guy then I can’t see how it’s a bad pick up. We gave up McDonald (who struggled to make our team) for a guy who has a chance to fit in.

    Everyone is acting like we gave up this awesome player for Jennings. There is a reason why the article is called “Seahawks send Kelly Jennings to Bengals” instead of “Seawhawks trade Kelly Jennings for Clinton McDonald” No one knows who Clinton is people know of Jennings. Neither this isn’t a high impact trade for either team.

  19. wonderboy18 says: Aug 29, 2011 2:57 PM

    Good move for the bengals mcdonald wasn’t going to make the team

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    haha.. incorrect. McDonald was gonna be 2nd string, he’s a decent football player.

    Jennings was brought in for depth.. he’s not starting here like he did in Seattle. Just like McDonald wouldn’t start here, but will for Seattle in time.

    It’s a decent trade for both sides. jennings will play the role of back up nickle back to Morgan Trent.

    And Zimmer finished his interview saying more trades are coming involving the Bengals defense. That leads me to believe they are in on another safety.

  20. Jennings could cover like a mad man, unfortunately, he has no ball awareness and less than no ball skills. Bengal fans will love seeing him watch his receiver catch the ball while looks confused about what the oblong brown dart in the sky is coming his way.

  21. I’m tired of people sayin jennings is good in coverage but has no ball skills. He’s not even that good in coverage he’s always about 3 steps behind the person he’s supposed to cover and way to small to make tackles.

  22. Anyone trying to justify this trade for the Bengals realizes that Kelly Jennings was a free agent this offseason, right?

    The Seahawks JUST signed this guy to a 1-year deal and then shipped him off.

    They basically just snagged McDonald for free.

  23. Wait hold on, Kelly Jennings is finally gone. The world is coming to an end. Now seattle just needs to cut McDonald and find some o-line. I know there is something out there, T Jackson isn’t even beginning to get a chance really Im surprised he hasn’t caused turn overs which is good so we’ll.

  24. If you’re 6 feet tall or 180 lbs, you’re open against Kelly Jennings. He has the ability to make a receiver appear covered, which can be enough at times, but if the ball is thrown it’s usually caught.

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