The Bizarre Chicago Ousting Of Tim Jennings

September 5th, 2015

Tim Jennings speaks out

So let’s get this straight, the Bears cut good citizen cornerback (sans the bad driving) Tim Jennings, a 2012 and 2013 Pro Bowler with $4.4 million of guaranteed money on his contract.

When does that happen to a healthy NFL player?

Jennings started 16 games last year and is 31 years old. John Fox didn’t think he was good enough to be a backup? There’s one big ol’ red flag.

It’s also got folks in Chicago scratching their heads, too.

The Mully & Hanley show talked to Jennings recently, and they asked him what the heck happened and about his questionable health. Jennings said the knee he had “scoped” right after last season was something affecting him in 2014.

“I didn’t start off in OTA in minicamp the way I wanted to, but coach was aware of that,” Jennings said. “I was able to get myself back in shape coming to training camp. I was moving around a lot better. But the [knee] scope did say kind of slowed me down. But each and every day was getting better and I was moving a lot better.”

That sure sounded ominous. Joe’s glad Jennings was “moving better” before he was cut.

Regarding money and getting booted, Jennings said the new Bears regime was not the one that paid him, and he speculated they wanted to go younger and change direction.

Jennings admitted he didn’t want to be an inside cornerback and didn’t like that fit for himself.

Joe’s not sure how Jennings fits with the Bucs, but if nothing else he offers fantastic depth. Perhaps his knee will be up to speed by Week 4.

19 Responses to “The Bizarre Chicago Ousting Of Tim Jennings”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    Throwing out excuses!!! He should fit right in with Lovie’s group of players!!!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I like this signing… us experienced depth….and we were probably able to use Koenen’s money or less to get him…..

  3. kaput Says:

    It’s a process.

    Defense should improve quite a bit.

    It’s all on the offensive line. Just like it is for my Gators. And I don’t think good outcomes are coming to either Tampa or Gainesville up front on offense.

  4. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Okay…name me ONE defensive free agent veteran signing this year that does not have injury issues.

    Can’t. Because all of them do!

    We could lose 4/5 of our defense to injury this year.

    AND, Jennings does not want to play the middle?! What kind of crap is that? He should be glad his ancient arse has a job!

    We need him in the middle, so he better get used to the idea real fast.

  5. Buclife Says:

    More depth that this team needs.

  6. Harry Says:

    I like this signing too. If nothing else Jennings gives the Bucs really god depth especially in the last 2/3’s of the season after his knee gets a little stronger. Now, please let a couple of quality Olinemen fall in our laps!

  7. poor glennon Says:

    Put him on the 6 week pup list. This cripple shouldn’t get a dime over 2 million.

  8. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Hit the panic button our 4th/5th best CB has potential health issues lol

  9. poor glennon Says:

    In a surprise move the Buc’s release the whole O-line. Then sign an o- line off the waiver wire.Instant upgrade

  10. JameisBucsfan Says:

    To early trolls, go back to sleep poor Glennon

  11. The Buc Realist Says:

    No one is hitting the panic button, more of a throwing another issue onto this garbage pile that Lovie built!!!!

    It would have to be something that caught us off guard for the real fans to hit the panic button!!!!!!

  12. ndog Says:

    Realist you are the most negative person I have ever seen .I am just glad I don’t have to be around you in everyday life. Geez man look at positive sometimes for once.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Realist…I do know one thing. If Lovie loses his job this year or next there is going to be an awful lot of cuts and turnover.

    It sucks if the Bucs have to keep starting over every 2-3 years with a new coach. They’ll NEVER get anywhere like this. It’s just a neverending cycle.

  14. Kevin Says:

    Every one of these signings don’t mean Jack Spit if we don’t have any kind of rush….or if Lovie NEVER blitzes.

    Notice in the Cleveland game there were ZERO blitzes. Actually I don’t recall any this preseason….maybe one? Maybe I just missed it or it too was ineffective.

    All I know if it’s gonna be hard for me to ever go to another game after this season if they look as bad as last year.

    I’m reserving my judgement though. I’m trying to stay positive. But DAMN ITS HARD!!

  15. The Buc Realist Says:


    There are currently 3 to 4 guys that are non-tradable and some rookies with potential that have not played a NFL game. You could turn this roster over and still do a 2-14, its the old saying with a bunch of these players, we can lose without you!!!!

  16. The Buc Realist Says:

    and from 2-14 last year, and if we get a top 5 draft pick this year, what exactly are we tearing down???? hard to start over if you never leave the starting line!!!!

  17. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    “The sky is falling the sky is falling!”

    C. Little aka The Buc Realist

  18. Strider Says:

    Can he play safety?

  19. Rrsrq Says:

    I think we will see Berner slide into the slot, a la, Ronde, on third downs, while Jennings plays the outside