Jenkins has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Bears, the Chicago Tribune reports. Jenkins split last season between New Orleans and Seattle, recording 13 tackles in nine games. He only has 62 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his four-year career, but at 350-plus pounds, he could be of use to Chicago's run defense in a depth role.
Jenkins signed a contract with the Seahawks on Friday, SeattlePi.com reports. Jenkins, a former third-round selection, was released by the Saints on Tuesday. Now in Seattle, he may struggle to find playing time as the No. 5 defensive tackle on the depth chart.
Jenkins was released by the Saints on Tuesday, Christopher Dabe of NOLA.com reports. Jenkins was left off the active roster for this Sunday's win over the 49ers as rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins made his NFL debut after being sidelined for the first half of the season due to a broken fibula. In seven games with the Saints, Jenkins recorded 10 tackles. Tyeler Davison, Nick Fairley, David Onyemata, and Rankins all remain as defensive tackles on the active roster, leaving little room for Jenkins to receive reps. He'll now look to find his way onto a roster looking to bolster their defensive line.
With rookie DT Sheldon Rankins reportedly fracturing his fibula in Monday's practice, Jenkins will likely see an increase in playing time to start the season. Jenkins, a pending free agent, appeared slated for a reserve role this season, with the Saints drafting Rankins with the 12th overall pick and spending big to acquire veteran Nick Fairley in free agency. With Rankins expected to miss 6-8 weeks, Jenkins will now likely start alongside Fairley in the Saints' 4-3 base defense. In his first three years in the league, Jenkins has posted decent tackle totals for his position, but with only 1.5 career sacks, he probably should not be expected to be a difference-maker in most IDP leagues.
The Saints announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday. The team elevated quarterback Ryan Griffin to the 53-man active roster and placed nose tackle John Jenkins on injured reserve with an abdominal injury. Jenkins registered 30 combined tackles and a sack in 12 games played.