Jennings was released Sunday by the Bears despite having been a Pro Bowl defensive back as recently as 2013. He has been a full-time starter in the NFL since 2008, but had no interceptions a season ago and four in 2013 after peaking at 11 the year before.
Jennings played in all 16 games for the Bears last season, recording 50 tackles and a forced fumble.
Jennings anticipates that this season, with a new defensive scheme, he will be placed in nickle coverage more then ever.
“With the defense we’ll be running now, it [nickelback] fits well to what I’m trying to do, what they’ll want me to do,” Jennings said. “I played a little bit [of nickel] last year, but I’m looking forward to playing more this year.”
Jennings recorded 50 tackles and a forced fumble in 16 games for the Bears last season.
Jennings was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of DWI after he was stopped for going 100 mph on a Georgia highway. He admitted to driving too fast but maintained that he hadn't been drinking.
On Thursday, TMZ reported that Jennings entered a guilty plea on reckless driving charges and the DWI charge was dropped.
Jennings claimed he was speeding, because he was late to a parent-teacher conference.
The nine-year veteran, who is entering his sixth season in the Windy City, has 95 career starts and led the league in interceptions in 2012. He is even a two-time Pro Bowler. But he spent significant time as the slot corner in minicamp. That's an unsatisfying role for him that he just might be forced to embrace.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio prefers his outside corners tall and physical. Jennings is 5-8, 185 pounds. He might still earn an outside role opposite Kyle Fuller, but do achieve that goal he must at the very least outperform free agent pickup Alan Ball, who better fits the ideal description.
If the words of new coach John Fox are any indication, that's unlikely to happen.
"Dimension-wise, he's built like a nickel corner," Fox said. "He's played it before."
Jennings has started all but three games over the last seven years.
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