Nappy Time

September 2nd, 2015
Free agent cornerback Tim Jennings doesn't seem overly excited to sign with Bucs if he needs to snooze.

Free agent cornerback Tim Jennings doesn’t seem overly excited to sign with Bucs if he needs to snooze.

So yesterday, free agent and former Lovie cornerback with the Bears, Tim Jennings, paid a visit to One Buc Palace to see if he and the Bucs would be a good fit.

After hanging around to watch practice, Jennings, 31, left the team without a contract. And by the words of Jennings, it doesn’t seem like he is in any rush to sign with the Bucs.

That’s what Jennings told Josina Anderson of ESPN when she contacted him for an update.

“I want to sleep on it. I do want to take this time to see what other opportunities may materialize, if possible,” Jennings said. “Some teams may have some things come up with more roster cuts. Obviously I also have a strong connection to Tampa, too. So we will see.”

Translation: “Team Glazer, pay me.”

Last night, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network Twittered that Jennings and the Bucs had an open line of communication and the Bucs were still in the hunt. Jennings, smartly for an aging NFL player, is looking for either a payday or to land on a team expected to make a Super Bowl run.

31 Responses to “Nappy Time”

  1. Bucit88 Says:

    I’ve heard whispers it’s cuz he knows he won’t start if sign with Tampa and also he wants to win now. The money is not the issue. He doesn’t really wanna play for us if no team gives him a look the best believe Tampa is his last option. I mean can u blame him? With Keenan Lewis out in NO I’m afraid Sean & Co will give him a call and if so he will sign with the saints

  2. Tampa Tony Says:

    2-14 team, rookie qb, not very good fan support why would a vet wanna come here?

  3. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Sorry Tony and Bucit but Joe nailed this one.

    Translation: “Team Glazer, pay me.”

    It’s professional sports and it’s ALWAYS about the $$$. And for a 31 year old who may be looking at his last contract it’s ABSOLUTELY about the $$$.

    I just retired, metaphorically wrapping up my last contract. When you get to the end and face “fixed income” or living off of what you’ve earned…MONEY becomes huge. And I do not blame Jennings one bit.

  4. Lakeland Buc Says:

    To be honest , we shouldn’t be trying to sign these washed up vets anyway, why did the Bears get rid of him? Because the Bears are rebuilding and going with young talent. smh We went 10-6 when Rah was the Head Coach in 2010 and it was our waiver wire and low draft players that got us there. In my opinion the Glazers made a huge mistake when they fired Rah. He wasn’t out the door good before they started throwing money at waste free agents. And we haven’t been the same team since.

  5. DefenseRules Says:

    Haven’t seen anything written in quite awhile regarding how much cap space the Bucs have remaining. With looming cuts on other teams and our need for OLs and DEs, my guess is that the Bucs weren’t offering Jennings much, and most likely only a 1-year contract.

    Personally I don’t even know why he was brought in. Jennings had a great year in 2012, not nearly as good in 2013, blah-to-poor year in 2014, had knee surgery this past off-season, and is 31 years old. Whoopee. Rated as good against the run but only fair in coverage (being only 5’8″ probably didn’t help going against some of today’s monster WRs).

  6. Rob Says:

    Tampa Tony said “and not very good fan support”.

    Considering how cheap ownership was after Gruden was fired and how mismanaged they have been up to last year (Jury is still out on Licht and Lovie), this team probably gets better fan support than they deserve. If competent people are at the helm, this area will support the Bucs (Please see Vinik, Jeffery)

  7. Max Says:

    Get this guy a sippy cup!! He’s a baby!! A wee baby!!

  8. Ray Rice Says:

    He wants to start. Lovie and Licht didn’t guarantee a starting role. Good!

  9. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Is he washed up? He was in the Pro bowl in 2012 and 2013, and led the league in picks in 2012. Other than stats, I can’t say I know much about him.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Can he snap the ball?…….Starting at CB would be tough…..he’s have to leapfrog Banks & then Jenkins in that order….

  11. Patrickbucs Says:

    @Lakeland Buc

    How else would they hit the minimum cap floor with out big name free agents? They didn’t get any for years and horrific drafts meant little or no extensions for current players.

    Difference is Packers and Steelers mostly have drafted well so they don’t need to sign outside free agents to hit the minimum we do or did.

  12. DoNUTS Says:

    Actually I think the translation is more like this….I know the Cowgirls play the same scheme and are more desperate than the Bucs for a CB since they lost Sandrick. I think I am going to the big D becuase they are simply a better team and will also pay me more.

    All the “aura” of Lovie is gone.

    5 wins folks…..5 wins….buckle up and get those brews cold cuz its gonna be a long long year.

    In RE TV ratings article>>> um I think its time to come to the realization that Winston is not and never will be “America’s QB” no matter how hard JBF beats his drum; rather he might be only “Florida’s QB” but he may even lose that title to the kid in Miami Tannehill because he has a better arm and can read the D better. In fairness, RT does have 32 regular season NFL games under his belt compared to JW zero so I continue to be patient and watch it evolve.

  13. Fsuking Says:

    You mean the Bucs aren’t a superbowl team Joe? Don’t kill my dreams Joe! Lol

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    Did he used to play for the Bears?

    Then he HAS to come to Tampa… if not,

    Lovie will be crushed.

  15. Fsuking Says:

    DoNuts is insane for saying Tannehill has a better arm. He is a garbage NFL QB

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    Fsuking…I try not to bother with such nonsense anymore when I read it.

  17. Lakeland Buc Says:

    @ PatrickBucs, Actually it was the genius GM Rich McKay, who trade away our future for a Super Bowl run. He gave 2, 1st rounds picks for Keyshawn Johnson, then after firing Tony Dungy. He gave the Oakland Raiders 2, 1st round and 2, 2nd round picks, plus $8 million dollars in cash for Jon Gruden. And when we did keep our picks, we picked the wrong players. But I understand the reason why the Glazers were doing it, this was before they put a cap on rookies. And the Glazers hated to pay rookies the big money.

  18. OneLove Says:

    I’m afraid of this signing. Tim Jennings has been getting burnt worse than Leonard Johnson as of late! BUT, It’s hard to pass up someone who is familiar with the system AND who has been successful in the system.

  19. Bill Byrne Says:

    The Saints are DESPERATE for DB’s and I am sure they are calling Jennings!

  20. Patrickbucs Says:


    I’ve been a season ticket holder since the new stadium and went to the SB, it was well worth the price. Ask the Lions, Falcons, Browns, Vikings, fans etc. if they would take the same deal.

    Actually it was reported at the time that McKay wanted Marvin Lewis and the Glazers vetoed that. They wanted a bigger splash and got Gruden. Still the picks we would of had in 02-03 probably wouldn’t of had much of an impact 10 years later when the Bucs when after free agents 2-3 years ago. Not many guys outside of QB’s getting big deals at 32. Who knows if Gruden would of drafted another QB anyway, we did take Chris Simms.

    Either way it’s time to get this going straight, sick of the mistakes and losing. Been saying for years they need a real President of Football Operations.

  21. JAB83 Says:

    Offer to Jennings was not made because word on the street is we are going after a DE…. To Be Continued…

  22. Mo_Downs Says:

    A sign and trade could work if Jennings is willing. We need an OL and Dallas needs a CB.



    I don’t think that Jennings is the “athletic” answer at either CB or NB.
    His value is in his experience in Lovie’s Cover-2.
    Within that system being in the right place is more valuable than “having” the athleticism to run a 4.2/40……because you’re out of position.

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    JAB83 …I heard word on the street was they are going after another o-lineman. Per Bucs Nation.

  24. Howard Cosell Says:

    @ Rob

    Epic comment. I’m going to save that.

  25. ChessMaster Says:

    Can he play guard?

  26. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I mentioned yesterday it would be because he wasn’t getting a starting role with Tampa. It has nothing to do with money. He wants to start.

  27. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    OR…Dallas could just sign him.

  28. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Rah sucked as a head coach. One good season is luck, nothing more.

  29. tmaxcon Says:


    Rah sucked as a head coach. One good season is luck, nothing more.


    I’ll remind you that next time your or some of the other Lovie loyalist bring up he fact “Lovie went to a Superbowl with Rex grossman”…

    lucky is exactly how I feel about Lovie making it to a Superbowl and considering he coached 11 years in the league and only WON 1 playoff game after the superbowl run I maybe onto something….Not so legendary…

  30. Lakeland Buc Says:

    Tim Jennings should be tired of sleeping,no picks and 7 PD in 16 games.

  31. DamnImFameis Says:

    This won’t get read….I don’t care. I kind of like the fact that we don’t sign EVERY free agent that comes our way. This means to me the front office isn’t giving the farm away like we’ve done in the past (yes, even last year). Hope this means they’ve learned their lesson.