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.
Early on Friday, Jennings posted a photo of himself on Twitter and made mention of a possible surgery, though that post was later deleted. The procedure isn't considered serious and won't have any lasting effects that would keep Jennings out of offseason activities.
Jennings totaled 66 tackles, eight pass breakups and one forced fumble during the 2014 season.
The 31-year-old Jennings just completed his ninth season in the NFL. He has spent the last five seasons with the Bears after beginning his career with the Colts.
They have, however, given the green light to cornerback
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