Tim Jennings has reunited his with Lovie Smith after signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The NFC South team announced on their website that the cornerback has signed a deal with the team after being released by the Chicago Bears on August 30. He joins up once again with the Buccaneers Head Coach Smith, who was also Head Coach of the Bears from 2004 to 2012.
In 2012 during the two’s last season together in Chicago, Jennings earned himself a Pro Bowl spot after breaking up 21 passes and achieving nine interceptions, which made him the interceptions leader in the NFL that year. He earned himself another Pro Bowl spot after intercepting four passes and returning two of them for touchdowns during the 2013 season.
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Last season however was a bit quieter for the cornerback, as he had no interceptions and only managed 36 tackles with 14 assisted. Jennings was cut by the NFC North team as they wish to go in a different direction with younger players after a poor defensive performance overall last season.
Now Jennings is with the Buccaneers, he will also be reunited with their defensive coordinator Leslie Frazer, who was the defensive backs coach in the 2006 season with the Indianapolis Colts, the team that drafted Jennings way back in 2006.
Jennings is likely to be the third cornerback on the Buccaneers’ depth chart behind starters Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks, but he adds good reliable and experienced depth to the position after the injuries of primary nickel back Leonard Johnson.