Tim Jennings signs two-year deal to stay with Bears

Reuters

The Chicago Bears announced Tuesday that they have re-signed cornerback Tim Jennings. Jennings and the Bears reached a two-year deal.

Though he was benched temporarily late last season and is undersized at 5-foot-8, 185, Jennings is a physical, feisty cornerback. He’s started 28 games over the past two years, securing three interceptions and forcing two fumbles.

In PFT’s Free Agency Hot 100 list, Jennings was the 87th-ranked player overall.

He should open the 2012 season as the Bears’ starting left cornerback, across from veteran right corner Charles Tillman.

17 responses to “Tim Jennings signs two-year deal to stay with Bears

  1. Good signing, not a great player but fits our def. draft a cb in 2nd/3rd rd and create some competition. Pass rush can make your secondary look better, let’s go get Super Mario Williams.

  2. We gotta do better than him. He’d be good in the slot but we need somebody better opposite Peanut.

  3. Congratulations Tim. I assume that maybe the Bears really are going to go after Mario since the cover two is pretty worthless without a ton of pressure coming from the D line…

    Now, can we get this Free Agency ball rolling already!!!….

  4. Forget Rotoworld as a source. They have no career stats for Jennings, and no stats beyond last season.

  5. This makes it more likely they will grab Mario Williams. With the cover two any average CB’s can be above average with a stellar pass rush. If the Bears go for Mario they are really putting all their chips in the middle for Lovie and the ‘infamous’ cover-2.

  6. p31squared says: Mar 13, 2012 3:29 PM

    Tim “15-yard cushion” Jennings is “physical”?? Bwahhhhahahahahahahaah!
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    Just watch the games, please. Tim Jennings is a physical defender. His replacement, Zach Bowman, is a 10 yard cushion guy.

  7. And the first stone has been cast into Lake Stupid. If you enjoy watching a team alternate between starting, benching and extending the same player in the shortest conceivable time period, the Bears are for you.

  8. bearsrulepackdrool says:
    Mar 13, 2012 3:29 PM
    “We gotta do better than him. He’d be good in the slot but we need somebody better opposite Peanut.”

    We call that the nickel on defense. I’m not splitting hairs, but “slot” indicates man coverage of a slot receiver. The nickel back also helps out on the outside lanes and sometimes blitzes attacks the line of scrimmage. D.J. Moore is a great option at the nickel… literally a heat seeking missile. Tim Jennings is not actually as suited to play the nickel because he doesn’t pursue as well as he covers.

    For those of you who don’t think he’s physical, I probably can’t help you. He’s literally the only Bears CB I’ve seen in years who can get a jam off at the line of scrimmage (usually coaching call, but they make the call based on their personnel). Also had some pretty impressive run stuffing plays, which is HUGE in the cover 2 because it covers the Strong Safety in the flat.

    The cushion you guys are referring to is a different defensive scheme the Bears unfortunately call too much when they are scared, known as the “prevent” defense. Mike Ditka always says it prevents you from winning, and it cost the Bears 2011 3 games in my mind (how do you think Tebow worked the 2 minute drill on us))

    I agree, though, we should draft a big guy to step up into the system. Mario Williams first, then remaining cap room AND 1st round pick on a big receiver, 2nd round pick on an offensive tackle. There should be options in the 3rd round, so they can draft linebackers and secondary.

    oh crap they just traded for marshall

  9. As I Lions fan I approve of this signing, although the thought of Brandom Marshall running through our secondary makes me feel a little uneasy..

  10. gallopingghost says:
    Mar 13, 2012 4:11 PM
    bearsrulepackdrool says:
    Mar 13, 2012 3:29 PM
    “We gotta do better than him. He’d be good in the slot but we need somebody better opposite Peanut.”

    We call that the nickel on defense. I’m not splitting hairs, but “slot” indicates man coverage of a slot receiver. The nickel back also helps out on the outside lanes and sometimes blitzes attacks the line of scrimmage. D.J. Moore is a great option at the nickel… literally a heat seeking missile.

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    Not splitting hairs, but D.J. Moore is figuratively a heat seeking missile, not literally.

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