The Buccaneers could be adding to their list of preseason acquisitions.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that former Bears cornerback Tim Jennings is visiting Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Jennings was released on Sunday after five seasons in Chicago, where he earned two trips to the Pro Bowl (2012 and 2013) and led the league in interceptions in 2012. Under head coach Lovie Smith, who acquired Jennings from Carolina in 2010, the 5-foot-8 corner revived his career and became one of the leagues premier defensive backs.
During his time in Chicago, Jennings played in all but two games with 72 starts. The 31-year old corner has intercepted 20 passes during his career, with another 78 pass breakups. His familiarity with Smith’s defense and knack for the ball, as well as his experience make him an attractive free agent for Tampa Bay. Not to mention it would be a favorable cap situation, as Jennings, who was set to make $4.4 million this year, likely won’t demand a hefty contract in 2015.
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Let’s sign him! Also, I believe a big name lineman was released yesterday. Get him too.
I 2nd the motion!! 🙂
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Is he a nickel back, or an outside corner?
surferdudes; not sure either. He might be replacing Jenkins after the Thursday game is my guess. Maybe he is going to be part teacher of the Tampa2, back up CB and Nickel?
I’m all for this signing. T. Jennings is an outside CB, at least that’s where he lined up when Lovie was with the Bears, despite his size. Between the signing of Jenkins to play outside CB last year, to S. Moore playing outside up until recently (despite him playing NCB for the Cowboys) I believe Lovie has been trying to upgrade Banks at CB since he got here. I haven’t been watching Jennings as much the last two seasons but I do know his play has fallen off relative to 2012. However, he certainly has better instincts than Banks while Banks is bigger (and I’m still not convinced bigger is better for a CB). If they sign Jennings I’ll be interested/relieved to see if he takes Banks’ starting job.
Skinny legs Pink?
It’s as good as a lock, remember we are unofficially Chicago South (well that’s better than Rutgers South anyway!)
Anything is better than Rutgers South. 🙂
Unless he can play o-line and block somebody don’t waste your money
I expect the Bucs to sign this guy and look for a pass-rushing DE to be released for pickup by Sat. I would agree with wkf53, except we need at least four good O-linemen & don’t expect many of those to be released soon.
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