Chicago Bears sign DT John Jenkins to one-year deal

Jenkins started career with Saints when Bears GM Ryan Pace was in New Orleans

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) is sacked by New Orleans Saints defensive tackle John Jenkins (92) in the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) is sacked by New Orleans Saints defensive tackle John Jenkins (92) in the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith) — R Brent Smith

To add depth behind Eddie Goldman, Ryan Pace brought in a familiar face, signing former Saints defensive tackle John Jenkins to a one-year contract.

Jenkins, who turns 28 in July, was a third-round pick of the Saints out of Georgia in 2013 when Pace was in the Saints’ personnel department. Jenkins played in all 16 games as a rookie with five starts and had 21 tackles.

Jenkins’ most productive campaign came in 2015, when he started 12 of 14 games and had 49 tackles, two QB hits, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Last season, Jenkins was waived in November after struggling through seven games. The Seahawks claimed Jenkins and he appeared in two games for Seattle.

Coming out of Georgia, Jenkins weighed in at 6-4, 346 pounds. He got down to 329 pounds in August 2015 after being listed at 359 pounds in ’14.

An ankle injury limited Goldman, the Bears' second-round pick in 2015, to six games last season. Will Sutton and C.J. Wilson filled in at the nose tackle spot. Jenkins figures to factor in the competition this summer to be Goldman’s backup.