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Bears add Packers safety M.D. Jennings

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The Bears have looked to Green Bay for safety help.

The club said Wednesday it had reached a one-year contract with Packers safety M.D. Jennings.

The 25-year-old Jennings started all 16 games at free safety for the Packers in 2013, notching 74 tackles and defending one pass. However, he was not tendered as a restricted free agent.

Jennings (6-0, 187) could provide competition for Chris Conte, the Bears’ starting free safety a season ago. The Bears also added Giants safety Ryan Mundy on Tuesday, signaling their desire to help a position that had its problems in 2013.

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46 Responses to “Bears add Packers safety M.D. Jennings”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Mar 12, 2014 1:59 PM

    All these teams getting minor FAs while Denver is getting the best CB, the best SS, and the best DE.

    Thanks for not settling for mediocrity John, your the best.

  2. gbmickey says: Mar 12, 2014 2:00 PM

    I have to tell you Bear fans if you are hoping this is a replacement for Conte good luck. That’s why he was never tendered.

  3. schmitty2 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:00 PM

    Jennings is the only player in history to catch a game saving interception…and still lose.

  4. chmura97 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:01 PM

    Welcome to the big leagues mr Jennings!

  5. tdubdizzle says: Mar 12, 2014 2:02 PM

    I didn’t like this move too much at first but with three quality safeties in their secondary not including Major Wright? The Bears have depth. Championships are made possible through the depth of your team. From 1 to 53 they’re all the same.

  6. jimmysee says: Mar 12, 2014 2:04 PM

    So the Packers are Jennings-less.

    Greg went last season to the Vikes; now M.D. to the Bears.

  7. longhairdontcare66 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:04 PM

    By far the worst player in the NFL.

  8. nickswearsky says: Mar 12, 2014 2:05 PM

    The Bears give out 1 year contracts like candy at Halloween. He should approach this as an opportunity to win the job. Otherwise, there is no guarantee he will even be with the Bears by Week 1.

  9. jrmbadger says: Mar 12, 2014 2:05 PM

    MD Jennings was terrible. Consider that the Packers need help at safety and they didn’t even give him a tender.

  10. rl7911 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:05 PM

    Another awful signing by Emery. MD Jennings is garbage.

  11. purpleguy says: Mar 12, 2014 2:05 PM

    I have no clue if this guy is any good, but for obvious reasons, I’m still glad the Vikings didn’t sign him.

  12. dezno24 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:05 PM

    Good riddance Conte. Anybody is an upgrade compared to him.

  13. f1restarter says: Mar 12, 2014 2:06 PM

    Good riddance. This guy was always just a stop-gap safety.

    You can have Marshall Newhouse too.

  14. dabearstjm says: Mar 12, 2014 2:07 PM

    This guy is just as horrible as Conte. Hopefully the only competition between those two is for second string.

  15. scoops1 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:08 PM

    4th and 18th

    SkoLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  16. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 12, 2014 2:09 PM

    Emery is doing a great job, 1 yr contracts create competitiveness and depth. I like this move, making the most with what you got!

  17. imjinrat says: Mar 12, 2014 2:10 PM

    Great move! Now the Packers will be forced to add somebody at safety. Anybody they find will be an upgrade.

  18. docsweeney says: Mar 12, 2014 2:10 PM

    Well, another body. He’s competition. He has at least played games as a starter. Emery will likely draft a S, so he and Mundy are space holders.

    As for a previous poster about Denver, yes Talib, Ward and Ware are huge marquee additions but it’s about the salary cap. Denver is obviously pushing all its chips into the middle of the table for this year. Three years from now, in spite of a larger cap, you could be looking at slashing alot of payroll.

  19. golforepar says: Mar 12, 2014 2:11 PM

    This guy has the ability that few have in the NFL. Only a few can make Ponder look good!

  20. purplepanteez says: Mar 12, 2014 2:12 PM

    Spielman! You let me down!

    A Packers cast-off slipped right through your fingers and landed with… a division rival. Ouch.

    Redeem yourself by doing some dumpster diving and signing one of those green and gold gems. It’s not too late.

  21. golforepar says: Mar 12, 2014 2:15 PM

    Not good for the Packers. Jennings is going to tell the Bears all the ways Rodgers beats him every day in practice.

  22. intelligent cement says: Mar 12, 2014 2:18 PM

    He’ll be cut by the end of camp…

  23. ariani1985 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:30 PM

    Lol, signing a packer defenseman is like going to Walmart and taking the guy stocking shelves. Then again they gave Samantha sheilds 80 million in guaranteed money!

  24. rosspeeler says: Mar 12, 2014 2:31 PM

    ANYTHING—and I do mean ANYTHING is an upgrade of Conte.

  25. contra74 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:37 PM

    no matter where he goes, he will be the guy who couldnt cover golden tate in that game winning TD catch against the Seahawks.

  26. ariani1985 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:41 PM

    Notice that the vikes never have bad defense like turd bay?

  27. theclink12 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:41 PM

    Golden Tate still owns him.

  28. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:48 PM

    It takes 2-3 weeks for the de-brainwashing to be complete just so you know.

    Good for both Jennings’, green and yellow is the color of vomit

  29. reggiewhitewasoverratedandoverweight says: Mar 12, 2014 2:55 PM

    To Green Bay fans, there is no such thing as a bad packer player until they sign with someone else. Then they are the worst player ever.

  30. whatjusthapped says: Mar 12, 2014 3:14 PM

    The only way this news could have gotten any better is if he had signed with the Vikings.

    Jennings was by far and away, the worst starting Safety in the NFL last year. Heck, among all DB’s he rank in the 150’s. Think about that all you math majors, there are only 32 teams and 4 starting DB’s per team = 128. So to rank as far down as 158, you have to be worse than almost every team’s 5th DB. He was so bad, even the Vikings weren’t interested. I don’t what the Bears are thinking if they are thinking at all.

  31. greenisgold1265 says: Mar 12, 2014 3:42 PM

    Enjoy !!
    Wait till you see his signature move where he wanders around the field looking around for someone to tell him where he’s supposed to be as the ball flies over his head.

    His best play EVER was the “Fail Mary”
    Enjoy!

  32. palmercot says: Mar 12, 2014 3:48 PM

    The guys is too short and too light do do any good. He also lacks the basic instinct of a good safety. Thanks again Chicago for taking our you know what.

  33. GenXJay says: Mar 12, 2014 4:05 PM

    how quickly, again, gbtrolls turn on players.
    good “sign” bears.

  34. deltaoracle says: Mar 12, 2014 4:06 PM

    Part of GB’s recent very bad run (and bad luck) at the Safety position. They need to get one in the first 3 rounds of the draft even if Hyde is being moved there.

  35. wnstonchill says: Mar 12, 2014 4:08 PM

    Yeah baby! Start shinin’ up the Lombardi Trophy and get it ready for Chicago………

  36. deflateddome says: Mar 12, 2014 4:18 PM

    How long until EDS is gone too? With over 30M in cap space, TT needs to give everyone that bought stock a 50.00 refund…

  37. atthemurph says: Mar 12, 2014 4:23 PM

    Worse than Conte? Easily. Both are three year vets. Conte has had a little more playing time but not much.

    Conte can at least make a play – 6 interceptions, 18 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovered.

    Jennings – 1 interception, 2 passes defensed, 1 fumble recovered in his entire career! That’s a good GAME by some safeties. That is what he totaled in 47 games.

    Jennings was a complete black hole of play-making ability. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  38. furny47 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:40 PM

    Remember now, according to Cheeseheads, Brett Favre always sucked too… after he signed with Minnesota. They drink nothing but sour grape Haterade in Green Bay.

    That said, the Packers don’t have any good defensive players at all, so I can’t imagine this guy is a difference maker. But he did start 16 games last year, so at least he’ll have some decent information to share…

  39. axespray says: Mar 12, 2014 5:01 PM

    He doesn’t have the size or height of a safety.

    And he doesn’t make up for it with speed or coverage skills.

    Bears made a good pick up with Houston thou.

  40. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 12, 2014 5:04 PM

    Wonderful. He sucked!

  41. wnstonchill says: Mar 12, 2014 10:17 PM

    This signing is an indictment of the quality of the Bears’ safeties last year. One thing that cannot be overlooked, however, is the lack of defensive line play by the front four that put an extra burden on these safeties. The fact is, Chris Conte and Major Wright are horrid at putting themselves into position to tackle! Wright wasn’t the worst cover guy, but Chris Conte……… just watch the last game of the year against Green Bay. Enough said!

  42. stanleyhalas says: Mar 12, 2014 10:42 PM

    Safety needs to be 6’2”? He has plenty of height and plenty of speed. Him not being very good is more because of his Benjamin beuford blue level of intelligence.

  43. dd393 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:33 PM

    Subtraction by addition.

  44. southsidetommy says: Mar 14, 2014 9:53 AM

    Can’t believe how many stupid comments are here. M.D. Jennings is not a great player, but he is a upgrade over either of our starting safeties from last season. It’s not even close according to any of the respected sites that rank players. Conte has a -15.8 rating, while Jennings has a -6.5. That is a significant difference. Throw in that Mundy has a +.2 and Major Wright was at a league worst -27.4. So the Bears safeties went from a overall -43.2 to a -6.3. So anyone arguing that the Bears did not improve themselves at the position is a football moron. It is still a weak spot on the Bears, and hopefully they upgrade it through the draft. But make no mistake about it, the Bears improved themselves at that position.

  45. fubar000 says: Mar 16, 2014 11:09 PM

    Bears look for safety help and sign M.D. Jennings? LMFAO! Chicago is in trouble now!

  46. rfgatwordpress says: Jul 8, 2014 10:46 PM

    Get a grip girls, he depth, THATS ALL! EVERY TEAM HAS AND NEEDS DEPTH! RELAX!

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