Buccaneers cornerback Tim Jennings is a no-go Sunday against Washington.
Jennings wasn't listed on the injury report this week, so it seems likely that coach Lovie Smith is simply dumping the veteran from his nickel back role. In five games this season, Jennings has collected 17 tackles and knocked down one pass, but hadn't provided the solid coverage on the outside that he displayed during back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons with the Bears.
The Buccaneers have signed cornerback Tim Jennings, who played for Lovie Smith in Chicago, per NFL.com.
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.
The Bears are releasing veteran cornerback Tim Jennings, according to ESPN's Adam Shefter.
Jennings played in all 16 games for the Bears last season, recording 50 tackles and a forced fumble.
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings will be chasing around slot receivers more often this season as he expands his game to include more nickle coverage, per ESPN.com.
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.
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings wasn't at the opening of the team's training camp, as he wrapped up an offseason legal matter.
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.
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings is "still trying to figure out" where he will fit into the secondary this season, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.
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.
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee, according to a report from ESPN Chicago.
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.
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was arrested in Gwinnett County, Ga., on charges of DUI, speeding and reckless driving, according to ESPN reporters Jeff Dickerson and Michael C. Wright. He has yet to post bond as of Wednesday afternoon.
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.
The Bears have ruled out guard Kyle Long (hip) and defensive tackle Will Sutton (illness) for the Sunday game against Detroit. Both had been deemed questionable.
They have, however, given the green light to cornerback Tim Jennings (ankle).
The Bears have ruled defensive tackle Will Sutton (illness), cornerback Tim Jennings (ankle), guard Kyle Long (hip) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (knee) questionable for Week 16 against Detroit. Meanwhile, cornerback Kyle Fuller (hand) and linebacker Shea McClellin (ankle) were designated as probable.
The Bears will have tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Chris Conte Week 14 against the Cowboys.
Bennett came into the contest listed as probable due to a foot injury. Conte was questionable with an eye issue. Both players will give it a go on Thursday.
The team will also have Tim Jennings, Kyle Long and Trevor Scott. All three players were listed as probable coming in, and were always expected to play.
The Bears released their injury report for Thursday's game against the Cowboys. Linebacker Darryl Sharpton (hamstring) is the only player ruled out.
Cornerback Tim Jennings (calf), guard Kyle Long (groin) and defensive end Trevor Scott (knee) are probable. Safety Chris Conte (eye) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (knee) are questionable. Defensive end Cornelius Washington (chest) is doubtful.
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings left Thursday's game at Detroit in the fourth quarter due to a groin injury. He had two solo tackles before getting hurt.
The Bears will have both Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett available Week 11 against the Vikings.
Marshall and Bennett came into the game listed as probable. Marshall is battling ankle issues again, while Bennett has a rib injury. The team will have nearly all of their probable players for the contest. Tim Jennings and Cornelius Washington are also listed as active.
The Bears listed 10 players on its final injury report for Week 11 against Minnesota. Eben Britton (illness), Trevor Scott (knee) and Darryl Sharpton (hamstring) were all ruled out for Sunday. Jordan Mills (ribs) and Josh Morgan (shoulder) were unable to practice this week. Morgan is questionable, while Mills is doubtful.
Meanwhile, Martellus Bennett (ribs), Tim Jennings (knee), Brandon Marshall (ankle) Terrance Mitchell (ullness) and Cornelius Washington (illness) were all deemed probable.
The following players will not dress for the Bears on Friday against the Eagles: safety Craig Steltz, cornerback Tim Jennings, cornerback Isaiah Frey, safety Chris Conte, offensive lineman Eben Britton, tackle Jordan Mills, defensive end Jared Allen, guard Kyle Long and and tight end Martellus Bennett.
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings did not participate in team drills Sunday due to a quad injury, reports the Chicago Tribune.
To get first-round draft pick Kyle Fuller on the field, the Bears are moving Tim Jennings from cornerback to nickel back in passing situations during OTAs, according to the team's website. Jennings led the team in interceptions and made the Pro Bowl each of the past two years.
"We're going to try it out," Jennings said. "We've got to get Fuller out there, so I'll move in on nickel packages and we'll bring Fuller in at the left corner. Hopefully, it'll be a full-time thing."
Jennings didn't balk when asked to make the move.
"We'll see how it goes," he said. "We feel like we have to get Kyle on the field. We have to get him on the field running. So whether he has to play corner or I have to play nickel, we all have to take our jobs and do what they ask us to do and hopefully we can turn this thing around."
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings is set to make $22.4 million over four years, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Jennings is guaranteed $11.815 million. The deal with the 30-year-old was announced at a press conference Thursday.
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings will receive $12 million guaranteed over the course of his four-year deal.
Jennings re-signed with the club Thursday. The news was announced by general manager Phil Emery at a press conference. That figure is likely not the actual contract number, but it is what Jennings is guaranteed to make. He started all 16 games with the club this season.