The Bears signed ex-Colts CB Tim Jennings to a two-year contract late Tuesday afternoon and released longtime starting FB Jason McKie. Terms of Jennings’ deal were not disclosed.
A second-round selection (62nd overall) by the Colts in 2006, Jennings appeared in 53 games (21 starts) in four seasons with the team, recording 157 tackles, four interceptions, 25 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 29 special-teams stops. He should provide needed depth for the Bears behind projected injury-prone starters Charles Tillman and Zack Bowman.
McKie appeared in 71 games (35 starts) for the Bears over seven seasons (2003-09). During his time in Chicago, McKie caught 62 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and three scores on 29 carries. He also added 15 special-teams stops. McKie entered the NFL in 2002 as an undrafted free agent with the Eagles. He was signed by Dallas during the 2002 season and caught one pass for seven yards in one game with the Cowboys.
New Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz favors an abundance of multiple sets, which figure to make two-back sets few and far between next season. In addition, the Bears just recently added FB Eddie Williams, an athletic option to McKie with better receiving ability. Williams was a seventh-round pick from Idaho by the Redskins last year.
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